The Burden of Guilt

Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavily burdened, and I will give you rest.
—Matthew 11:28

Devotion:

Guilt breaks lives down like a caustic acid. Our mental institutions are filled with individuals who are utterly destroyed by guilt. One psychiatrist has said that every person in every mental institution in the country is there because of feelings of guilt.

I shared the Good News of Christ with a man, and then I asked him if he would like to receive Christ as Lord and Savior of his life. I shall never forget the way he phrased his answer. He said: “Yes, I would like to get rid of this burden of guilt.”

Are you carrying such a burden? The sojourner in Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress begins the story with a great, heavy burden on his shoulders—a burden of guilt that he cannot get rid of or unleash. Finally, he is pointed to a Cross on top of a hill. He climbs that hill and kneels before that Cross. Suddenly the burden breaks loose and rolls down the hill into a dark tomb, never to be seen again.

God completely removes our burden of guilt. As far as the east is from the west, so far is the punishment for our transgression removed from us.

 

Question to ponder: Are you still carrying the burden of guilt that you could leave at the foot of the Cross?