Guilt. It may be a short five-letter word, but does it EVER wreak havoc on our lives? Are you wanting to learn the power of overcoming feelings of guilt as a Christian? Satan loves to keep us shackled in guilt. Find the grace of God’s forgiveness to let go and let God free you from guilt.

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Do you wrestle with guilt, as much as I do? Overcoming feelings of guilt is a hard task, sweet friend! Especially when it comes to our loved ones who have been affected by our choices. Surely I’m not the only one who wrestles with overcoming feelings of guilt, am I?


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For my iniquities have gone over my head; like a heavy burden, they are too heavy for me. Psalms 38:4

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11

The Power in Overcoming Feelings of Guilt as a Christian

I have so much guilt that floods my thoughts at times that it makes it difficult to close my eyes and go to sleep. Then I feel guilty for even allowing these thoughts to consume me.

Why do we find it so hard to forgive ourselves when Christ freely forgives us? I want to be completely transparent and confess to you some of the guilt of sins that plagues me before I go into “How” we can overcome guilt.

Overcoming Feelings Of Guilt and Shame As A Wife

I realize this is petty crazy talk but I can’t help it at times. I feel like the health issues surrounding my autoimmune disorders are keeping us from doing the things we enjoyed as a couple. Any kind of motion makes me sick with my Meniere’s.

That being said, this leaves feelings of guilt because I can no longer enjoy the amusement parks that we enjoyed so very much. I can’t put my head underwater without my left ear filling up with exceeded pressure which leaves out swimming and going in the ocean.

Overcoming Feeling Of Guilt for staying Tired

As soon as I get in from work, I’m so drained, that I don’t want to go anywhere and do anything afterward. We don’t even want to discuss curvy roads. Talking about feeling nauseous! I feel like I should receive the worst wife ever award!

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Overcoming Feelings Of Guilt and shame Not Being A Better Mother, My Children Deserved

If you have watched my God at Work video you already know that I was in an abusive marriage for almost 15 years. I blame myself for not leaving that situation sooner than I did.

I wasn’t the only one affected by it. My children were too. They witnessed way more violence than any child should have. I let my fear keep me chained and bound down to the point that I thought I was protecting my children by staying, rather than leaving. In the long run, it did the opposite.

My daughter to this day gets nervous around crowds and wants to stay isolated. My son has turned to alcohol and drugs which has left him making horrible decisions.

My son won’t even talk to any of the family because we won’t give him money, or whatever he’s calling for. We know what he will do with it and we can’t enable him. Worst Mama ever award left with feelings of guilt and shame!

Feelings of guilt and shame for not being a Better Daughter and Sister That My Mama, Brothers, And Sister deserve

When I decided to marry my first husband my family was NOT happy and that’s putting it mildly. My Mama came into my room one night and said if I decided to marry him she would not be able to look at me and told me I had to leave her home. She gave me the reason why of course.

God gave her a “vision” of what my life was going to be like. I was crushed! I thought I was a good daughter. To still be a virgin at my age was unheard of. Did I understand my Mama’s point at this particular time? NOT!

I went through with the marriage even though none of my immediate family was there. Needless to say, there were many years of having a strained relationship with my family.

We didn’t have much of a relationship for quite some time. Of course, Mama was right and I should have listened! Again, this leaves me with so much guilt and shame. Can you relate?

Feelings of guilt and shame for not being a better friend

I don’t get to spend as much time as I would like with my friends anymore. I feel like I’m letting them down and I’m just a huge disappointment to them.

The same issues that I have with my health apply here as well. Did I mention that I don’t call them like hardly EVER? That’s just wrong. The problem is I hate talking on the phone.

Since 2010, when my health started declining I have lost major hearing. It’s enough that I avoid the phone like it has the plague. People get tired of having to repeat what they say over and over.

I also have to ask if people have pets due to my allergies before going anywhere. EVERYONE has pets nowadays.

This leads to feelings of guilt and shame which makes me feel like I’m nothing more than a burden. In my heart, I know better than that but try telling that to this thick-headed brain is another story.

I have even found myself comparing myself to their other friends. How wrong is that? Can you say worst friend ever?

Steps in Overcoming Feelings of Guilt as a Christian

Confess Your Feelings Of Guilt And Ask God To Help You Overcome Them

When you’re starting to feel guilt rear its ugly head confess whatever the issue is to God then take it to Him in prayer.

As born-again believers in Jesus Christ I truly feel that we need the reminder of God’s forgiveness and the assurance that He’s truly forgiven us, don’t you?

For when I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. Psalms 32:3

For day and night, your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer. Psalms 32:4

I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not cover my iniquity; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,” and you forgave the iniquity of my sin. Psalms 32:5

Pray and ask God to reveal any unknown feelings of guilt and shame so you can ask for forgiveness

Pray and ask God to help you see anything in your life seen or unseen that needs to be confessed and changed. For this, to work we must be honest with God.

In all honesty, He knows everything about us anyway! He just wants longs for His children to come before Him in confession.

Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! Psalms 139: 23

And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. Psalms 139: 24

Remember Jesus Christ’s Finished Work On The Cross On Your Behalf

As born-again believers and followers of Christ, it’s crucial to remember that God has promised to forgive our sins and made this possible through his one and only beloved son.

Our redemption is paid in full by the bloodshed on the Rugged Roman Cross of Calvary. Jesus said, “IT IS FINISHED!” This is a promise you and I can place complete trust in today and everyday friend.

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


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

You forgave the iniquity of your people; you covered all their sins. Selah. Psalms 85:2

For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon you. Psalm 86:5

Ignore Satan’s lies and deceptions when it comes to guilt and shame

When guilt still plagues you, even after you’ve confessed and forsaken your sins, then those feelings are just Satan’s lies trying to keep you bound and shackled.

Remember that God’s promises are true and he has forgiven us and through Christ, we are justified in His eyes. 

The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. Psalms 103:8

He will not always chide, nor will he keep his anger forever. Psalms 103:9

He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities. Psalms 103:10

For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him. Psalms 103:11

As far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us. Psalm 103:12

Restore Your Joy And Forget The Guilt And Shame

STOP listening and believing Satan’s FALSE accusations. Stomp him and his lies beneath your feet! Pray and ask God to FREE him from your mind and live rent-free in your head!

Pray for God to restore your joy that’s found in Him and him alone and give you freedom from the guilt that’s plaguing you.

Blessed Are the Forgiven

Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Psalms 32:1

Blessed is the man against whom the Lord counts no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit. Psalms 32:2

For when I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. Psalms 32:3

For day and night, your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer. Psalms 32:4

I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not cover my iniquity; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,” and you forgave the iniquity of my sin. Psalms 32:5

Therefore let everyone who is godly offer prayer to you at a time when you may be found; surely in the rush of great waters, they shall not reach him. Psalms 32:6

You are a hiding place for me; you preserve me from trouble; you surround me with shouts of deliverance. Psalms 32: 7

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you. Psalms 32: 8

Be not like a horse or a mule, without understanding, which must be curbed with bit and bridle, or it will not stay near you. Psalms 32: 9

Many are the sorrows of the wicked, but steadfast love surrounds the one who trusts in the Lord. Psalms 32: 10

Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, O righteous, and shout for joy, all you upright in heart! Psalms 32: 11

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Accepting Jesus Christ He Remembers Your Sins No More

Remember sweet friend, when you receive Christ into your heart…he remembers your sins no more! The guilt and shame of your sins are cast as far as the east to the west.

Why do you find it so hard to forgive yourselves when Christ freely forgives you? When it comes to overcoming the feelings of guilt you wrestle with so much it is no longer your burden to carry anymore once you give your life to Christ.


Overcoming feelings of guilt means laying your burdens at the foot of the cross and leaving them there.


  • Keep yourselves shackled to guilt, mistakes, etc….that aren’t yours to carry anymore.
  • Try and play God and keep picking up what we’ve given to God!
  • You are to trust Jesus at his word. Condemnation No More.
  • God is a GOOD GOOD FATHER.
  • God isn’t going to keep reminding you over and over again of all your sins.

See my Friends, when you come to God, with a surrendered heart, and present yourselves openly to him, you receive his forgiveness. God doesn’t bring it up again, nor does he write it down, so to speak, to throw it in your faces later. He forgives it and it’s gone.

Aren’t those the best words you can ever hear Y’all? Your slate is wiped clean due to the righteousness of Jesus Christ.

When guilt tries to rear its ugly head in your mind, you need to remind yourself, that you made mistakes. And you will continue to do so, this side of eternity.

Don’t Beat Yourself up when it comes to overcoming feelings of guilt and shame! Below is a video from Skit Guys that demonstrates how we want to hold on to our guilt and shame even though God freely extends mercy to us!

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Please take the time to watch the video and the power of overcoming feelings of guilt. Trust me you will be so glad you did.

The Skit Guys are amazing. My husband and I got to see them live on the KLove Cruise recently. They are extremely humble and genuine!


The best part is, that you will still be loved unconditionally by God. It reminds you of where you were, and how far you have come. It gives you a new eternal perspective.

Your Turn

So the next time, those unwanted memories, start floating through your mind, remember that NOTHING is wasted in your life. It’s a lesson that you have learned. You can use your poor choices, in an inspiring way. You can use them to help others overcome similar issues. Be the one that is willing, to open themselves up, and show this broken world, that they too can have hope, and that hope is Jesus.

I asked my sweet husband Mike, to read this, before I put it on my blog, as I do with all of them. He is my proofreader you see and my biggest supporter I want to receive his confirmation that I don’t sound like some crazy person. Mike in his loving, gentle, and kind way says to me…”It is good but are you going to take your advice on overcoming guilt?”Ouch! So this is my reminder too!

About Angela and Resounding His Love.

Angela Cleary | Christian Influencer and Inspirational Writer of Resounding His Love

Hey there, I’m Angela. My passion is sharing the gospel, and how Jesus has transformed my life and he can do the same for you. When trials and tribulations arise it’s crucial to walk by faith not by sight, no matter how things appear. In my posts, I’m 100% honest and vulnerable, and I share some hard things, even when it isn’t easy…But if “My Story” helps “You” overcome your struggles in life and learn to lean on Jesus…Our #1 problem solver in all circumstances…it’s worth it!

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