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Accuser vs advocate 2

'Who can accuse the people God has chosen? No one.' Romans 8:33 NCV

Paul writes: 'Who can accuse the people God has chosen? [It is] God... Who can say God's people are guilty? ... Jesus Christ... he is on God's right side, appealing to God for us' (Romans 8:33-34 NCV). Even if we've read this verse many times, we may still carry feelings of guilt.

Guilt can serve to show us when we've stepped away from God's best and need to confess, repent and seek his forgiveness. But doing something that's not good doesn't mean that we're not good. The guilt reminds us to bring it to God, but then we need to let it go. We mustn't found our lives on guilt, define ourselves by it or be trapped by it. Every day God gives us a fresh start. The Bible says: 'The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness' (Lamentations 3:22-23 ESV).

When a woman was brought to Jesus after being caught in adultery, Jesus challenged her accusers that the first person to throw a stone should be someone without sin. Gradually everyone walked away; only Jesus and the woman were left. He said to her: 'Neither do I condemn you...Go now and leave your life of sin' (John 8:11 NIV). However much accusation we hear and however much guilt we feel, Jesus says the same to us today.

So what now? When you feel guilt and shame rise up, thank God that his mercies for you are new every day.

Soulfood: Num 34-36 Mark 5:21-30 Ps 57 Pro 11:14,

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