Guilt and shame be gone!
Psalm 32:3-5 HCSB
When I kept silent, my bones became brittle from my groaning all day long. For day and night Your hand was heavy on me; my strength was drained as in the summer’s heat Selah Then I acknowledged my sin to You and did not conceal my iniquity. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,” and You took away the guilt of my sin. Selah
Do you know the feeling of keeping silent before God when you store up sin in your heart? There is a painful distance between us and God that can only be restored through repentance.
You might be feeling distant from God if there is something that you haven’t brought before Him. There will usually be feelings of heaviness until it is released.
You cannot hide anything from Him. See what happens in this psalm as the sin is confessed and renounced? There is no longer guilt for this sin! Oh, it is so simple.
All we need to do is release it to God by asking for His forgiveness. Freedom will come to us because Jesus has paid for it.
Too often we try to move forward by ignoring it, carrying guilt and shame around with us, hoping it will disappear. If you feel a heaviness or distant from God, ask Him to search your heart and clean it out by bringing these hidden faults to the surface. Then it is as simple as quickly coming before the Lord in prayer with it. This way you will walk in complete relationship with Him, having a clear conscience and remaining so close to Him as to hear His heartbeat for you.
“He who conceals his sins does not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy.” Prov 28:13 (NIV)