Pants On Fire Week 5 – Toxic Guilt

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The next entry in my lie journal is that I am guilty of my past mistakes. While it’s true that I am guilty of making the mistakes in the legal sense of the word, it is not true that I am worthless, hopeless, tainted, bad or in any way defined by my mistakes. That’s toxic guilt and it’s one of Satan’s favorite lies. Let’s shoot it down.

Acts 13:39 -Through him everyone who believes is set free from every sin, a justification you were not able to obtain under the law of Moses.

Romans 3:10 – As it is written: “There is no one righteous, not even one”

1 Corinthians 15:10a  But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain.

God knows who we are. He created us. None of us is perfect. We all know right from wrong yet we all choose wrong sometimes. That’s why he sent us Jesus.

Colossians 2:13-14  When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross.

1 John 2:2 He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.

Romans 6:6 For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin

Romans 8:1 Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus

Because God knew we were never going to be perfect, he sent Jesus to be perfect for us. My guilt was nailed to the cross, tossed into the sea.

Romans 6:14  For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace.

Galatians 5:1  It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.

John 8:36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.

Isaiah 1:18 – Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.

Psalm 103:12 as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.

Isaiah 54:4 Fear not, for you will not be ashamed; be not confounded, for you will not be disgraced; for you will forget the shame of your youth, and the reproach of your widowhood you will remember no more.

God set us free from our sins– our mistakes, our poor choices, our bad behavior. He doesn’t hold them against us and neither should we. He wants us to stay free. Our bad choices do not define us as long as we repent.

Acts 3:19 Repent therefore, and turn again, that your sins may be blotted out

1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

When we start to stew in our toxic brew of guilt and shame, we need to recognize our past mistakes for what they are– a symptom of our human condition. Nothing more and nothing less. Instead of ruminating in our failures we just need to consider them learning experiences, repent and let God do his work in us.


Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.- 1 John 4:1

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