I am someone who feels guilty when something goes wrong. If I get mad at someone, I feel guilty because I should not have been mad. If I break something, I feel guilty that I was not paying attention.
What is the purpose of guilt? It is not so we will feel bad or miserable. The purpose of guilt is to bring us to God. Then He can forgive our sins. God doesn’t want us to focus on what a lousy person we are. Instead, God wants us to focus on the fact that He can forgive our sins.
Our Bible verses today tell us about Jesus, who died to forgive our sins. “His blood will make us completely clean from the evil we have done. It will give us clear consciences so that we can worship the living God” (verse 14b).
When we sin, God does not want us to keep thinking about our guilt. He wants us to turn to Him for forgiveness. Then our heart and thoughts will be free!