“Even if we feel guilty, God is greater than our feelings, and he knows everything” (1 John 3:20, NLT).

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Self reliance and independence are hallmarks of western culture. We’ve been told it’s good to “go with your gut” and make decisions based on instincts. But there are times our gut feelings get us into trouble. Our feelings can also lead us astray where God is concerned, particularly when we misunderstand grace.

Jesus accomplished all the work his Father gave him and that work was to give complete and total forgiveness at the cross. Before he died, he said, “It is finished” (John 19:30). Christians don’t have to carry guilt like a sack of rocks, adding another rock with each new sin to the heavy load and worrying the sack might break. We really are forgiven and we can trust God rather than our feelings. He has taken the load of sin and guilt off our backs and reassures us in many ways and throughout the Bible of his love, grace and mercy. Ditch the sack of rocks, go with God’s grace and stop feeling guilty!

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