By His Grace: No more chains

Edith Nevis

It is time to let go of the past and all the negativity that it may have brought along the way. Allow God freedom within your heart to release you of self-condemnation. It is time to forgive past mistakes.

There are many today who are still holding on to sin guilt from 10, 20 and even 30 years past. What is sin guilt? It's the inability to receive and accept forgiveness from the lord, causing us not to forgive ourselves. Some have secretly, emotionally tormented themselves while believing the enemy's lies that there is no hope.

Perhaps you have experienced a traumatic and life-altering event -- such as a secret abortion or even a child out of wedlock -- that caused you emotional distress all these years. It is time to release your end of the chain of bondage. It is time to allow healing that can only come through the love of Jesus and his forgiveness.

What are the steps to be free of sin and guilt? Begin by confessing our sin to the father.

"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

When you and I sincerely seek the lord in repentance, the lord’s compassion and grace is endless towards those who walk with him and call upon his name.

"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

Next step, begin to forgive yourself. You cannot change what happened yesterday, and tomorrow is not promised, so enjoy this life as God intended, free from guilt and emotional distress that was long ago settled with him.

"And I will be merciful to them in their wrongdoings, and I will remember their sins no more." Hebrews 8:12

This may come as a challenge for some. Why?

When a person has experienced ridicule and condemnation, the mindset becomes like those who count you unworthy of forgiveness. Do not accept this thinking. It is time to break the chain and to take God at his word.

From Psalms, John 3:17, and other biblical passages: "For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

"As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us."

"Come now, and let us reason together," says the Lord. "Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new."

You may say this is easier said than done. Actually it really is easy when we let go and allow the lord his way, beginning with our hearts. Then our chains of despair can be broken. Too often, we refuse to let go of their end of the chain while missing out on the experience of God’s love and forgiveness. In some cases, they convince themselves suffering pays the penalty for their transgressions.

Not so.

"In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace."

It makes no sense to say, "You do not know my past and what I have done in life." You are right. I do not know; only God does. What I do know is we all are sinners and have been saved by grace. God has no favorites and does not respect the person. Jesus came for us, and his blood has washed us clean before the father.

And it is through this act of love we have been made worthy of forgiveness. Our past mistakes do not disqualify us from God's unconditional love.

Remember, when the lord sees you and me, it is through his eyes of pure love, not shame. It is time we do the same.

If you are unsure whether you’re standing with Christ Jesus and are ready to establish a relationship with the son of God, allow me to extend an invitation to experience his wonderful love and all that it brings with it.

Please repeat this prayer: "Lord Jesus, forgive my sins I committed against you. I believe Jesus died for my sins and has risen again. Please come into my life and heart and lead the way. I confess you as my lord and savior from this day forward. In Jesus' name, amen."

Welcome into the family of Christ.

Until next week, be blessed and continue to bless others along the way. Shalom.

Contributing Writer Edith Nevis can be reached at 857-2200 or at