Why is it that after a Christian has sinned, and truly repented, they may continue to “feel guilty”? Some may say they can’t forgive themselves, but this is probably not the case. The forgiveness of God brings such joy and relief initially, there is no reason to believe that God would take His forgiveness back or that He would be unwilling to forgive us again if we have a failure, and truly are sorry.
The problem lies in the fact that we are involved in a war. There is a battle going on for the soul of every person. We have an enemy who accuses us and accuses God as well. Who will we believe? Who will we trust? The Word of God is very clear, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness,” (1 John 1:9). That should settle it, but satan as a roaring lion, is going about seeking whom he may devour, (1 Peter 5:8). Satan is quick to be the accuser of the brethren. In fact the Word says he does this before God’s throne day and night, (Rev. 12:10). He accuses us before God, and in our own hearts and minds. 2 Corinthians 10:5 tells us to bring into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ. If the thought that accuses us is contrary to the Word of God, refuse it. Stand on the Word of God. If we do not refuse the thoughts satan sends to us such as, “God has not forgotten your sin,” or “God is still angry with you,” satan will just continue to accuse us. Don’t eat from his table! It is an all you can eat buffet.
When we surrender our lives to Christ, and take in HIs Word, by HIs Spirit He will change us into His image, from glory to glory (2 Corinthians 3:18). Don’t stand on feelings based on wrong thoughts. Stand on God’s Word. Remember God cannot lie. He laid down His life for us so that we can live with Him! Satan is a liar. He is the father of lies. Anything contrary to the Word of God is just that…a lie.