Here’s a true line we can all identify with from our Friday 7:00 p.m. bible study last week: “There’s a war between guilt and grace, and they’re fighting for a sacred space”. If we are not living right and we have guilt it is a good thing because hopefully it will transition into godly sorrow and repentance and forgiveness from God’s grace. On the other hand, a mighty tool of Satan is to put guilt in the minds of the forgiven when we should be focused on God’s grace as we walk in the light and are being washed spiritually clean by the blood of the Lamb. We just have to do some self-examination and decide which it is. The apostle Paul sheds light on sin, forgiveness, grace, and faith in I Timothy 1:12-17. Also, read I John 3:19-24. Then listen to Grace Wins by Matthew West.
1 Timothy 1:12-17
I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me trustworthy, appointing me to his service. Even though I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man, I was shown mercy because I acted in ignorance and unbelief. The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.
Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life. Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.
1 John 3:19-24
This is how we know that we belong to the truth and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence: If our hearts condemn us, we know that God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything. Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God and receive from him anything we ask, because we keep his commands and do what pleases him. And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us. The one who keeps God’s commands lives in him, and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us.