I hope you will enjoy this guest post from my friend and fellow Author Britta Lafont…….her fabulous book Prodigal Confessions: 10 Principles That Lead Us Back to the Father can now be purchased at Amazon see the link below.
I think we as women feel a lot of guilt in different ways, and it is my hope this guest post will help you spiritually move past your guilt and move closer to our Father…..after all this blog is all about balance, faith and living your dreams…..so guilt has no place here ladies!
Here’s to all your possibilities!
“Guilt without repentance stunts spiritual growth.”
– Prodigal Confessions: 10 Principles That Lead Us Back to the Father
Even though we want to please God, we can find ourselves failing again and again. And we really want to get along with other people, but we may find them rubbing us the wrong way. Some press our buttons. Some take us for granted. Our feelings can rise up against the very people that God calls us to love.
Some days our to do-lists are too long. These days can feel filled-up, fast-paced, and frantic. In the midst of all this striving, we can become so involved with chasing our personal goals, that we miss God’s bigger plan for us. Some days we find ourselves serving our to-do lists, instead of loving God above all else.
We were made for so much more.
God created us with a wonderful purpose in mind: to carry the message of His love and mercy to the world. But before we can share it, we must experience it ourselves.
God says, “I have loved you, my people, with an everlasting love.
With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself” (Jeremiah 31:3, NLT).
God is a generous Father! According to scripture:
The Lord is compassionate and merciful,
slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love.
He will not constantly accuse us,
nor remain angry forever.
He does not punish us for all our sins;
he does not deal harshly with us, as we deserve.
For his unfailing love toward those who fear him
is as great as the height of the heavens above the earth.
He has removed our sins as far from us
as the east is from the west.
The Lord is like a father to his children,
tender and compassionate to those who fear him.
For he knows how weak we are;
he remembers we are only dust.
When we sin (when we fail to do what God calls us to do) the Holy Spirit convicts us in order to: (1) to teach us and (2) to provoke our repentance. To repent is to turn around, turn back to God, recognize that His way is the right way, and pursue it. Repentance leads us to peace.
But not every guilty feeling leads us to repentance. Feeling guilty without repenting keeps us in a broken place of disobedience. Feeling guilty after we have repented overlooks the forgiveness that Jesus died to purchase for us.
God doesn’t want us to feel guilty; guilt is a cheap substitute for repentance. Continue reading