How to deal with feelings of condemnation and memory of past mistakes
1 Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, 2 because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death.
Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.
The first thing I want you to know is, we receive forgiveness by faith and not by feeling. God looks at your heart when you ask for forgiveness. When God forgives you, your feeling does not necessarily line up. Your feeling will line up later. So you ask for and receive forgiveness by faith. The feeling of guilt and condemnation will linger on for a period of time and in some cases longer than you expected. The reason for this is because one of the purposes of our mind is for remembrance and it serve as our memory bank. So we will still have the memory and the devil knowing this capitalises on it by bringing our past sins to our remembrance. The bible calls the devil the accuser of the believer because he works hard to use your past to sabotage your future. Anytime you feel condemned, it is the devil and not God.
While there is correction in Christ, there is no condemnation. The difference between condemnation, correct ion are these, condemnation writes you off and dooms you but correction shows you your wrong and helps you to get right and make adjustments.
The effective way to deal within this thought pattern is by meditation on the word of God that tells you that God has forgiven you and no longer hold your sins against you. And then begin to declare it. You don’t overcome a negative thought with a positive thought; you overcome a negative thought with declaration of the word of God. The bible says you shall have what you say.
For example the next time the thought of condemnation comes to you should say the following:
Jesus has set me free from my past and washed me clean with His blood so I am free indeed. He has removed my sins as far as the east is from the west, he removed my transgressions from me and he said no longer remember my sins. Therefore I reject any feeling condemnation and memories of my past mistake in Jesus name. I have been made clean and I am free from sin consciousness.
For further Study
Hebrews 10:17, Psalm 103:12, John 8:36
Personal declaration for the day
I will not tolerate condemnation and feeling of guilt in Jesus name.
Questions for you to reflect on
Have you ever felt condemned even after you asked for forgiveness?
How did you deal with the feeling of guilt and condemnation?