The Guilt of Sin

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Psalm 32:5

I was having something like a pillow fight with my younger brother and sister we’d done it many times but this was different this time when I hit my sister in the back of the head, she pitched forward onto the concrete floor.

Her face hit the floor and she snapped one of the top teeth in her mouth. The next day she went to the dentist and he put a cap on it, but the caps stuck out at just the slight angle so you could notice it. In the years to come when I saw that tooth I would remember my guilt, I had done that. I had hurt my little sister.

Many of us carry guilt in this life. We remember our bad behavior of the past, the people that we’ve hurt, the shame that we’ve brought upon ourselves. If you felt like that, you’re not alone.

King David knew what it was to be guilty. He had slept with another man’s wife and then plotted and carried out the murder of that man. He knew that he was guilty not only in the courtroom of his heart, but in the courtroom of heaven he knew that if God judged him according to his commandments he would be condemned. But David also knew that God is gracious and merciful. He found the solution to his guilt he wrote in Psalm 32:

Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity.
I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord.”
And you forgave the guilt of my sin.

David knew he was guilty, but he knew the solution. Maybe you also have carried guilt. Follow David’s example and find the solution in how gracious God. He desires to forgive you in fact his desire caused him to send Jesus to live and die to take away all of your sins. So turn to the Lord confess your sins and he will forgive you for Jesus sake. Amen.

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