“And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross” (Colossians 2:13–14, KJV).
Many times and for many reasons we feel guilty and under condemnation about past failures and mistakes. When I feel like this, I have to remind myself that Jesus paid the price for all the sin of mankind past, present, and future—and that includes mine.
The verses above tell us that we were dead in our sins, but Jesus quickened us, made us alive, together with Him. Because HE forgave us of all our trespasses, any reminder of such has been blotted out, taken away, and nailed to the cross. So, when we feel unworthy of the blessings of the Lord or guilty about anything, we need to remember that those trespasses (past, present, and future) have been nailed to the cross of Jesus.
Jesus has forgiven us, so it’s time for us to forgive ourselves. We must stop rehearsing past failures and mistakes and, if we have not done so already, we need to repent (1 John 1:9) and leave them at the cross. When the enemy attempts to remind us of the times we sinned and failed, we remind him that all of those things have been blotted out, taken away from us, and nailed to the cross of Jesus.
Who blotted them out? Jesus! Who took them away? Jesus! Whose cross were they nailed to? Jesus’ cross! Praise the Lord! The sooner we stop paying for our sins and feeling guilty about them, the sooner we can walk in the TOTAL VICTORY of HIS CROSS!
Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, I thank You for the work of the cross. I thank You that I have been forgiven by You through Jesus. I now forgive myself. I refuse to walk in guilt and condemnation any longer. I will remind myself of this verse that all of my trespasses, past, present, and future, have been blotted out, taken away and nailed to the cross of my Lord, Jesus. Glory to God! In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.