Yesterday morning, I preached a sermon called “Guilt or Grace.” The basic theme was that God’s grace can cover all our sins, and because of his grace, we can move on and live lives of vibrant faith. For most Christians, denial isn’t our primary response to our sins. Guilt is. And guilt has a purpose. But sometimes we let our own guilt and shame overwhelm us and we surrender the excitement and the joy we once had as followers of Jesus. So, in the sermon, I tried to encourage everyone to not give up but to keep their faith. Even those who we hold up as great examples of faith–the people mentioned in Hebrews 11–had terrible sins in their lives. But those men and women were considered faithful.
The good news is that Jesus not only died to reconcile us to God, but Jesus continues to live to keep us pure in God’s sight (Rom 5:8-10). He still fights for us! So let’s not quit on him. There are too many people who need God for us to resign our place in God’s mission. There’s a lot of work remaining, and God can still use us no matter what we’ve done in the past. His grace is greater than our sin and guilt!
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