When the Guilty Feeling Persists After You’ve Prayed for Forgiveness

I remember this particular day, sometime last year. I had done something that didn’t sit well with my conscience and as usual, I lost my peace. Not once, not twice, I prayed, asking God for forgiveness, but it seemed nothing changed. The troubled feelings were still there; the condemning thoughts persisted. I rose up that night (I can’t recall the exact time) to do my daily praying in the Spirit drill, and the Holy Spirit opened my eyes to something that would forever change my disposition towards the Mercy of God.

Jamie Grace is one of my favourite artists. I follow her on almost all social media platforms; Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, name it. And I’m glad I do. One day, I was going through her posts and I came across a video she posted of her baby (Bella, by name) learning to walk. Bella would make effort to take one or two steps, then she’d fall. All the while, her parents would keep cheering and encouraging her, clapping and saying things like “Bella, come on,” “Bella, you can do this,” “Bella, stand up,”. Then Bella, fully encouraged would stand up and try again. I’m pleased to tell you that as at the time of my writing this post, Bella is walking effortlessly and flawlessly.

I totally forgot about this video until that fateful night, while I was praying. The Holy Spirit brought it to my remembrance and likened me to Bella. Just as Bella couldn’t start walking perfectly at once, so also, a baby Christian can’t become a perfect Christian at once. At some point, we will fall and make mistakes, but what matters is out attitude after we’ve made these mistakes.

Bella could have felt bad after falling. She could have started thinking that her parents were disappointed in her and angry with her because she wasn’t walking well as they wished her to, despite how she tried. Then she could have stayed on the ground sulking and hating herself for being a failure. She probably wouldn’t be walking by now. But Bella didn’t have to think that way because it was obvious her parents weren’t displeased with her, they understood she was just a baby and needed time to learn. Rather than condemn her, they cheered her on.

That’s exactly what God does to us when we fall. The Bible tells us in Psalms 103:14 that God understands that we, humans are weak and imperfect beings. He remembers that we are dust. So, when we fall God cheers us on, encouraging us to get up and try again. But the devil knows fully well that we can’t see God with our physical eyes. So, he begins to lie to us, telling us things like,

‘You’ve failed God again.’

‘God is so disappointed in you’

 ‘You are such a sinner; God can’t even behold you’

‘God is very mad at you’

‘You are so unholy’

It’s extremely important that we recognize these statements for what they are; LIES.

God has just one word to say to every sinner. That word is “Come.” (Isaiah 1:18)

So, the next time the guilty feeling persists after you’ve prayed for forgiveness, remember these four things:

  • God will never break His promise. He never goes against His Word.  Hebrews 6:18 says it is impossible for God to lie.

34 I will not violate my covenant
or alter the word that went forth from my lips.
Psalms 89:34

Because we know that God always keep His promises, then we are confident that He will surely do what He says in 1 John 1:9:

9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9

Because I’m so confident in God’s faithfulness, I can boldly tell you that if you’ve confessed your sins to God, then your sins are forgiven regardless of their magnitude. It doesn’t matter if you still feel guilty after praying. What are mere feelings compared to the integrity of God? Most times, these feelings are just lies from the devil. Don’t pay attention to them, pay attention to God’s Word knowing fully well that He will never break His promise.

  • God is not disappointed in you. He knows that humans are weak and imperfect beings.

13 As a father shows compassion to his children,
so the LORD shows compassion to those who fear him.
14 For he knows our frame;
he remembers that we are dust.
Psalms 103:13-14

  • God’s mercies can never be used up by an individual. His mercies are new every morning.

22 The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
23 they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
Lamentations 3:22-23

  • Nothing yow will ever do can make God to stop loving you.

35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? Romans 8:35

See also: How You Can Grow Spiritually

I pray that God grants you the grace never to remain on the ground when you fall, but to always rise up and move on (Prov.24:16). In the name of Jesus.

With love,

Glory Orah.

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  1. Thank you for sharing the mind of God over this issue, indeed you’re a blessing.

  2. There’s more to what you write than it meets the eye.

    Thank you for all you do.

  3. Beautifully written.

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