Regret can be a tough pill to shallow, especially if an action affects multiple lives. The longer you live increases the probability that you will blow it big time, hurt others and mess up badly. In the aftermath of these mistakes, consequences vary. Yet, one thing is a constant, guilt will arrive in the form of conviction through an invisible force known as your conscience.
How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God! – Hebrews 9:14
Whenever you let someone down, there is nothing like getting a do over, a fresh start on life. This is where grace meets the cleansing of the soul. Unfortunately, shame has a way of causing individuals to hold onto their sin. While God promises to wash away your imperfections, some have a hard time forgiving themselves. Thus, healing does not occur as consciences are manipulated by the devil, bringing up past transgressions from years ago.
“Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the LORD. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool, Isaiah 1:18.
Confession is a powerful tool to begin the cleansing of your conscience. However, those who are unable to get over stains from their past, need an accountability partner, friend or source of encouragement to get over the hump. Reflecting on the promises of God is another step in the right direction. Nonetheless, until you believe and receive these words, healing will only be temporary. Therefore, let mercy reign as you complete the cleansing of your conscience.
by Jay Mankus