Andrew, a businessman in his early 30's, is developing a relationship with Ann that may well lead to marriage. Both are deeply committed to Christ. When Andrew brought Ann in for counseling, I learned that four years ago she lost her virginity when a persuasive "friend" took advantage of her.
Since then, Satan — that great "accuser of our brothers… " — has had a field day with Ann as she has suffered from unimaginable guilt, self-recrimination, and low self-esteem, (Revelation 12:10b). After listening to her story, I felt compelled to share the following principles and Scriptures with her:
1. When we confess and forsake our sins, God forgives and forgets:
"He who conceals his sins does not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy… I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more… If you, O Lord, kept a record of sins, O Lord, who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness; therefore you are feared." (Proverbs 18:13; Isaiah 43:25; Psalm 130:3, 4) (See 1 John 1:9; 2:1, 2)
"He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him; for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust." (Psalm 103:10-14)
2. God's grace is not a license to continue in sin:
"What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means!… You… were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature… Jesus… asked her, 'Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?' 'No one, sir,' she said. 'Then neither do I condemn you,' Jesus declared. 'Go now and leave your life of sin.'" (Romans 6:1, 2a; Galatians 5:13; John 8:10, 11)
After sharing the Scriptures, we prayed together, claiming and appropriating His forgiveness, healing and inner peace. The next day I received a call informing me that for the first time in years, Ann was free of guilt and was filled with joy.
QUESTION: Are you carrying around unnecessary guilt for your past sins? If so, accept His promised forgiveness, appropriate His grace, (which has already been given you), and experience His freedom. Today. "Enjoy Your Coffee"
Facts of the Matter: Daily Devotionals.
Michael Stanley, 55