Elder's Thought - Guilt
“When satan temps me to despair and tells me of the guilt within, upward I look and see Him there Who made an end to all my sin. Because the sinless Saviour died my sinful soul is counted free. For “God the Just” is satisfied to look on Him…and pardon me, to look on Him… and pardon me.”
Do we hang onto the guilt we feel and cultivate a spirit of inadequacy by doing so? Do we use that spirit of inadequacy to avoid engaging in God’s work, being openly purposeful and bold for our Lord? Do we keep alive a spirit of self condemnation, preserve justifiable guilt, the gift of forgiveness has been given, the price bourn by Another? In doing so do we trample on that gift?
“View Him prostrate in the garden; On the ground your Maker lies; On the bloody tree behold Him; Sinner will this not suffice?”
If it’s indebtedness we cannot repay that convicts us, so we hang onto our debt, if by clinging to the guilt, we think we do some just or noble act, if by continuing to suffer self imposed condemnation we think we have helped pay a price, then we have robbed our Creator of His pleasure in forgiving and woefully underestimated what the true cost was.
“Lo! th’ incarnate God ascended, pleads the merit of His blood: Venture on Him, venture wholly, let no other trust intrude.”
Let us humble ourselves before Him and accept with heartfelt gratitude, the Gift.
Blessed are You Oh Lord,” our comfort by day and our song in the night.”
May this season of Passover fill your hearts with great love for our Saviour.
Before the Throne of God Above Written by Charitie L. Bancroft Vocals by Lou Fellingham
Come Ye Sinners Written by Joseph Hart Sung by Fernando Ortega and Amy Grant
Oh Thou in Whose Presence Sung by Fernando Ortega