Blessing or Burden?

Max Lucado is a preacher with a storyteller’s gift — a pastor’s heart and a poet’s pen. Max’s message is simple: God loves you; let him. Max serves the people of Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas, where he has been on staff since 1988. He preaches and writes to... Read More

Is guilt having its way with you? God says, “No matter how deep the stain of your sins, I can take it out and make you as clean as freshly fallen snow” (Isaiah 1:18 TLB). God can extract every last mark of guilt from your soul. When people come to God through faith in Jesus, they receive grace for all their sins.

It’s a gift. We don’t earn it. We can’t lose it. But we can forget it. If we’re not careful, we can become guilt laden. Understand, guilt is God’s idea. He uses it the way highway engineers use rumble strips. When we swerve off track, they call us back. Guilt alerts us to what God desires. It stirs repentance and renewal. In unmonitored dosages, however, guilt becomes an unbearable burden. We cannot carry it. But God can. So, go ahead, give it to him.