Let's pray to get out of guilt


In Romans we read: "The wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Romans 6:23) .

Sin is the transgression of the law.

Whatever legalistic system we place ourselves under, we will inevitably transgress it. All it takes is a single moment of inattention, weariness, annoyance... For us to transgress this or that legalistic provision. But transgression generates guilt. Those who live under a legalistic system will continually be confronted with guilt. When legalism is our religious mode of operation, we are never sure we have done enough, and we fall prey to the accuser, as is the case with the high priest Joshua mentioned in the book of Zechariah ( Zechariah 3:1).

Not only does the devil not hesitate to torment those who live in legalism, but he pushes them to judge others. Legalistic teaching only crushes, makes people feel guilty, destroys, instead of flourishing. Legalism dries up, it is destructive. Legalism poisons our spiritual life but also poisons our relationships with others. Legalism prevents spiritual growth. It infantilizes us and keeps us in spiritual immaturity. Legalism kills spontaneity, warmth, life. It produces discouragement, depression, fear, frustration. Legalism produces sad, taciturn, critical believers who do not make us want to believe.

If we return to the high priest Joshua already mentioned (Zechariah 3:1-5), we see that his faults, his transgressions are symbolized by his dirty clothes. He had broken the law, and the accuser reminded him of it. But behold, the angel said to him, “I will take away your iniquity from you, and I will clothe you with holy garments.” It's a free act, it's a divine gift, he didn't deserve it but God gives him grace. This grace will generate joy, and lead him into a new life. It will place him on the path to victory and restoration. He will be able to restore Jerusalem with the help of Zerubbabel mentioned in the next chapter. The foundation of this restoration will be symbolized by the laying of the main stone under the cries of: “Grace, grace to her” (Zechariah 4:7).

"Lord, I know that I am a sinner, but I also know that this sin was taken away from me on the cross, because Jesus took care of it. Because of this grace, I reject all accusation, and I allow your grace to bring me restoration, peace, and joy, in Christ Jesus, amen!”

Paul Calzada 

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