Can you identify with Lady Macbeth, wandering about in the dark while your subconscious tries to scrub away the guilt? During the day, we are moderately successful at fooling ourselves. However, often we go through periods in which we are unable to keep the guilt and regret from overwhelming our waking hours.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Because of his great mercy, he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead and into an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you.
1 Peter 1:3-4 (CSB)
The world tries to solve the pain of guilt and regret by redefining right and wrong. We have an unlimited capacity for denial and self-justification. We are fooling ourselves when we think the answer lies in redefining sin.
God has a different way. As we enter the Advent season, it is a good time to pause and remember. Everyone is guilty. We have all done wrong. Nobody is perfect. He does not explain away our guilt or justify our behavior. He does, however, offer an answer. The good news of Jesus’ coming is that God has come near. The coming of Jesus is the promise of redemption. God has made a way for us to find forgiveness. No longer do you need to stumble in the dark trying to wash your hands free of sin. Jesus has taken it upon himself. Forgiveness is available to anyone willing to take it.
10 God, create a clean heart for me
and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
11 Do not banish me from your presence
or take your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore the joy of your salvation to me,
and sustain me by giving me a willing spirit.
Psalm 51:10-12 (CSB)
Today is a good day to ask for forgiveness and surrender Your life to God through the death and resurrection of Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit.