The Cross + Guilty Feelings = Forgiveness!

The truth is that often we feel as though beating ourselves up and dwelling on our sin pleases God. You probably won’t admit this but if you really stop and think about it, you see the grain of truth in it. Its as though we think that God needs to be reminded of our sin.

But here is the problem with that….

 The problem with dwelling on “Sinner” as our identity is that it diminishes Jesus’ work on the cross.

Focusing on how broken and messed up you is basically saying that Jesus’ work on the cross wasn’t enough to rescue you. When you focus on your sin, and beat yourself up over it you are saying that Jesus’ work to forgive me wasn’t enough. You are saying that what I really need is:

The cross + guilty feelings

  That will earn my forgiveness!

But Christianity isn’t a guilt-laden religion. If you think part of what it means to be a Christian is to constantly live with feelings of guilt well I have got news for you. You got it all wrong.

Christianity isn’t a guilt-laden religion. Chrstianity is a freeing religion. It’s a religion that says that there is no more guilt. There is no more condemnation.

Christianity says that you have God’s full acceptance. It says that God is eternally pleased with you. The reason why is because you have been justified in the name of Christ and you are being sanctified through the work of the Holy Spirit.


Published by cwoznicki

Chris Woznicki is an Assistant Adjunct Professor of Theology at Fuller Theological Seminary. He works as the regional training associate for the Los Angeles region of Young Life.

3 thoughts on “The Cross + Guilty Feelings = Forgiveness!

  1. Absolutely!!! Jesus came and lived the life we couldnt live and died the way we should have died so we could live the freedom we didnt deserved.
    Its very common to live guilt bound lifes but we need to understand that God is not after our guilt but our freedom, many times we think that we will be punished or are being punished by God but thats far from the truth.
    God is a just God and Jesus was punished for our sin at the cross therefor our debt was paid, there is no more punishement, that is GRACE, enjoy grace!!!

  2. I completely agree with you, it says in the book of Revelations 4:11 That God created us for His purpose/pleasure. So why are we so concentrated in the somewhat middle of the story of our Lord and Savior ? the Bible is a story about
    God…there’s a beginning ,a middle,and an end as to why these events took place

    1. In fact ,I’ll goes as far as it has nothing to do with anything in the word…it started when God was in the void before space and tome began…You see God’s grace already existed and His plan…He didn’t make it up as He went along. Think about it…If God promises to remove all our sorrow,pain,and we’ll be happy forever…then why does the Devil and a third of the angel’s leave Heaven ? Is God a liar ? No…It had to happen in order for us to experience His grace…Just like everything else that happened in His word…it all started with His grace while He was in the void…and will end with His Grace AMEN !

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