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Hope Changes Guilt.

My guilty thoughts
hang over me like clouds
that never part.
I can't get
close to anyone.
I'm heavy
with shame.
I feel like
my past defines me.
I don't deserve
forgiveness.
I haven't lived up to
the expectations of
people I care about.
I just want to hide.
I've denied it for a long time,
but I know deep down that
I've hurt others.
I carry my guilt with me
everywhere I go.
I wish I could be
free of this burden.
You are not alone.

God is present in the midst of struggle. Learn more about the hope that changes guilt through video stories and scripture below.

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Maggie
no condemnation
(PART 1 OF 2)
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Jim
a lifetime of burdens
(PART 1 OF 2)
If I smile and try to forget
it comes back to haunt me.
I know that
I am guilty.
-Job,
The Bible
God
never turns away
from a
repentant heart.

Be merciful to me, O God,

because of your constant love.

Because of your great mercy wipe away my sins!

I recognize my faults;

I am always conscious of my sins.

My sacrifice is a humble spirit, O God;

you will not reject a humble and repentant heart.

Psalm 51:1, 3, 17

Do not hold us guilty

for the sins of our ancestors!

Let your compassion quickly

meet our needs, for we are on

the brink of despair.

Psalm 79:8

Praise the Lord, my soul!

All my being, praise his holy name!

Praise the Lord, my soul,

and do not forget how kind he is.

The Lord is merciful and loving,

slow to become angry and full of constant love.

Psalm 103:1, 2, 8
God
does not hold on
to my mistakes.

The Lord does not punish us for all our sins;

he does not deal harshly with us,

as we deserve.

For his unfailing love toward those who fear

him is as great as the height of the heavens

above the earth.

He has removed our sins as far from us as

the east is from the west.

Psalm 103:10-12

So now there is no condemnation for those who belong

to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to him, the

power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the

power of sin that leads to death.

Romans 8:1-2
God's
mercy is new
every morning.

I am the God who forgives your sins, and I do this because of who I am.

I will not hold your sins against you.

Isaiah 43:25

The faithful love of the Lord never ends!

His mercies never cease.

Great is his faithfulness;

his mercies begin afresh each morning.

I say to myself, "The Lord is my inheritance;

therefore, I will hope in him!"

Lamentations 3:22-24

Satisfy us each morning

with your unfailing love,

so we may sing for joy

to the end of our lives.

Psalm 90:14

Then Jesus said, "Come to me, all of you who

are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will

give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me

teach you, because I am humble and gentle at

heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For

my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give

you is light."

Matthew 11:28-30
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Play
Maggie
no condemnation
(PART 2 OF 2)
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Jim
a lifetime of burdens
(PART 2 OF 2)
With God
I am a
new creation.

I will give them a new heart and a new mind. I

will take away their stubborn heart of stone and

will give them an obedient heart.

Ezekiel 11:19

So we have stopped evaluating others from a

human point of view. At one time we thought

of Christ merely from a human point of view.

How differently we know him now! This

means that anyone who belongs to Christ has

become a new person. The old life is gone; a

new life has begun!

2 Corinthians 5:16-17

Since you have heard about Jesus and have learned

the truth that comes from him, throw off your old

sinful nature and your former way of life, which is

corrupted by lust and deception. Instead, let the

Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on

your new nature, created to be like God–truly

righteous and holy.

Ephesians 4:21-24
With God
I can live in
joy and light.

We rejoice because of what God has done

through our Lord Jesus Christ, who has

now made us God's friends.

Romans 5:11

We now have this light shining in our

hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile

clay jars containing this great treasure.

This makes it clear that our great power

is from God, not from ourselves. We are

pressed on every side by troubles, but

we are not crushed. We are perplexed,

but not driven to despair.

2 Corinthians 4:7-8

The precepts of the LORD are right, giving joy

to the heart. The commands of the LORD are

radiant, giving light to the eyes.

Psalm 19:8
With God
I can draw
near to him and to others.

Come close to God, and God will come close to

you. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he

will lift you up in honor.

James 4:8a, 10

So let us come near to God with a sincere heart

and a sure faith, with hearts that have been

purified from a guilty conscience and with

bodies washed with clean water. Let us hold

on firmly to the hope we profess, because we

can trust God to keep his promise. Let us be

concerned for one another, to help one another

to show love and to do good.

Hebrews 10:22-24

For you have been called to live in freedom, my

brothers and sisters. But don't use your freedom

to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your

freedom to serve one another in love. For the

whole law can be summed up in this one

command: "Love your neighbor as yourself."

Galatians 5:13-14