When I was a teenager I struggled with overwhelming feelings of guilt and shame. I was stuck in an unhealthy cycle of binge eating and purging, I had issues with lust, I felt like such a terrible sinner and wondered how Jesus could really love me. The Bible says that because Jesus died on the cross and rose again, we are free from sin, death, guilt and shame. Psalm 103:12 says, he has taken our sins as far away from us as the east is from the west - that's a long way.
Guilt and shame are two of satan's favourite tools to keep us stuck. We feel like we are unworthy and undeserving and wonder how God could possibly use us. The truth is that God uses broken, imperfect people. David was an adulterer, Moses was a murderer, Rahab was a prostitute, Jacob was a cheat and Paul persecuted Christians before he was converted. The blood of Jesus cleanses us from our sins. When we get stuck in guilt and shame we are exactly where satan wants us to be - stuck. Jesus wants us to be free - free from sin, death, guilt and shame. Free to live out our God given purpose.
Short and sweet inspirations for Christian teen girls.