Read: 1 John 3:19-24
Guilt is related to the things we do. Sometimes guilt is hard to shake and comes as a result of actual wrong deeds or perceived wrong deeds. Guilt keeps us from enjoying freedom in relationships, whether the guilt is real or imagined.
I love this scripture. John points out that God is greater than our feelings and he knows our hearts. So, in other words, he knows whether our guilt is real or imagined. He is greater than that feeling. If the guilt comes from a wrong action, the solution is in 1 John 1:9 – confess it and move on.
If the guilt comes from a perception of wrong doing when there is none, God knows that. He is greater than that feeling. It is imperative that we expose the feelings of guilt and take care of them. Otherwise, they prevent us from coming to God boldly.
John makes it so simple here. God has one commandment: believe in Jesus’ name and love one another.
And that’s all folks!
P/S Some might argue that I have made it too simple. There has to be more to following Jesus than that. As I see it, all sin is a violation of the command to love God and one another. If we are loving God by believing in Jesus’ name and loving one another, we are fulfilling the law of Christ. See Matthew 22:37-40