Guilt or Grace?

Guilt or Grace?

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So now, those who are in Christ Jesus are not judged guilty. Through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit that brings life made you free from the law that brings sin and death. Romans 8:1-2

It had happened…again. I’d sworn it wouldn’t happen, but it had. And I’d made the promise just last week. I’d cried out to God during my morning prayers, promising to do better, to be more careful. This wasn’t the first time I’d confessed this weakness. I’d wrestled with this temptation again and again.

What kind of a person was I that I’d fall so easily back into the middle of temptation? My repeated lapses made me wonder if I was even a believer.

Those were dark days. But coming through them has given me confidence.

Not in myself…never in me. But in God.

He was always there to pick me up when I fell, always waiting to extend grace and give me another go. I was the one who struggled with shame and condemnation.

And that condemnation NEVER came from Him.

Oh don’t get me wrong. I know it hurt Him when I gave in to sin. But He didn’t return that hurt with punishment. He returned it with patience, grace, and love. I discovered I couldn’t out-sin His mercy.

Do I still struggle? You better believe it. But I’m quicker to admit my failings, and less willing to listen to the false guilt that comes from my enemy.

Satan lashes my soul with guilt, but God extends infinite grace.

Edie Melson About Edie Melson

Edie Melson—author, blogger, speaker— is the author of numerous books. She’s encouraged and challenged audiences across the country and around the world in person and on the web. Connect with her on and on Twitter.


  1. Well said!

  2. Thank you!

  3. As Cherie commented, “Well said” – this speaks for me as well. Why is it that, even though we know we’ve been forgiven for falling into temptation, assured that God remembers it no longer, we all too often punish ourselves with guilt when the enemy brings up those memories? Rhetorical question, I know. We are human, fallible creatures and that ol’ devil knows that and delights in reminding us. Then it’s time to say “Get thee behind me, Satan!”

  4. Thanks, Edie! It’s so freeing to know we have God’s grace each and every day. Satan is great at tearing us down, but God gives us the victory.

  5. Peg, you are so right!

  6. Cynthia, Amen!

  7. Great post! Isn’t it amazing that we were created and are loved so completely by our infinite God?

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