You ever have that feeling in your gut. The tightening knot that seems to tense your whole body. Maybe you stole something, or lied to someone. Something happens and it looks like what went around might be coming back around, and you have to relive the horrible moment from your past. Fear grips you and you begin to think irrationally. You draw strange conclusions based on fear.
The memory of your sin makes you paranoid.
This is what happened to Herod in Matthew 14. Herod had beheaded John the Baptist some time ago. He didn’t intend to, in fact he was sorry to do it, but his lust led him to a place where he did not have much of a choice. He killed John the Baptist who he knew to be a good man. The regret stayed with him.
Time passed, and when Jesus the Christ began to make a stir among the people, Herod grew frightened. He literally said, “This is John the Baptist; he is risen from the dead.”
You see, Herod’s sin haunted him.
If you are a human that draws breath, you have done wrong. You have done sinful things. Regrets can haunt a person for years. Consequences for sin, can last a lifetime. Fear of consequences, can haunt until the grave.
You don’t have to live in the fear of your sin, or its consequences. Unlike Herod chose, you can chose Christ. You can turn from your sin. Ask God to help you, and move on. There may still be consequences, but there will be peace. And no fear to follow your steps.
Proverbs 28 tells us, “He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.”
And in John, we find the promise, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
Recognizing what you have done is wrong, bringing it out into the open, and trusting God to clean you up, is all that is necessary.
No matter if you have stolen just one cookie, or lived a whole life of crime. A relationship with Jesus changes a life of hauntings, into a life of happiness. You can never erase what you’ve done, but you can be forgiven for it. Christ can take the payment for it. And you can live a life of peace without guilt for it.
You don’t have to live in the shadow of your past. Won’t you ask Christ to forgive your wrongdoing today?
“I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” – Jesus