“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9
“There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.” Romans 8:1
“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” John 10:10
If you’re feeling guilty, you likely fall into one of two categories.
First, you are sinning against God and feel guilty about it and need to turn from your sins and seek His forgiveness through faith in Jesus Christ who died on the cross to take our sin penalty and was raised from the dead. You need to feel genuine sorrow over your sin and sincerely desire to turn away from it and not return to it. You need to truly want to live in such a way you are honoring and glorifying God.
Second, you are listening to the devil directly, through others, or through your own flesh condemn you for something either that is not wrong in the first place or for something for which you have already sought and received the Lord’s forgiveness. You are feeling guilty not because you are in fact doing something wrong. But you are listening to the lies of the devil and feeling down, discouraged, afraid, guilty, etc. because you are believing his lies. And you need to stop believing the devil’s lies and believe the truth according to the Lord.
What’s the common denominator in all this? The Lord! When we’re feeling guilty, we need to go before the Lord. We need to seek wisdom and direction and discernment from Him. If we’re doing something wrong, we need to ask Him to forgive us. If we’re not doing something wrong, we can ask Him to free us.
The Lord’s greatest commands are to love Him with all our hearts and to love others as ourselves. When we’re caught up in feeling guilty, we’re focused on ourselves rather than on Him and on others. We need the Lord to deliver us from the guilt and condemnation so we can live in His love and fulfill His will for our lives.