If you need to rebuke or correct someone over something that you were once guilty of, do it without feeling unworthy, but do so mercifully . Do it because you don’t want another person to make the same mistake you made. A lot of times Satan takes us on guilt trips just to prevent us from rescueing the perishing and snatching them from the fire.
For example, if you were fornicating before you got married–even though you were active in your church–but repented along the way or realised your unfaithfulness to God as a married person/couple, you might feel you are not in the best position to talk to singles about fleeing sexual sins because you did not flee at a point in your life. My sister/brother, you are giving the enemy the opportunity to continue to kill, steal and destroy. God forgave you immediately you repented (if you have indeed repented and asked for God’s forgiveness) and turned a new leaf. He doesn’t count your sin against you anymore. Correct who you have to correct, rebuke and teach.
Another instance is when you have to rebuke your children over something they do wrong and you remember that you do worse things as children. Yes, you did worse things and got away with them, but that does not mean you should fold your arms and let your children do the same. Rebuke them.
These are just instances. It applies in many areas.
So, please, stop following the devil on guilt trips. Everytime he reminds you of how unworthy you are, show him the Cross and remind him of his final destination.
But if you have not repented from your evil ways, there is still room for repentance, come to Jesus today and let Him save you. Note that it is not only people who have done very ‘terrible’ things that need Jesus, you might be the most upright morally, but if you don’t have Jesus, your self-righteousness can still not save you. Only Jesus can save.
“We are all infected and impure with sin. When we display our righteous deeds, they are nothing but filthy rags. Like autumn leaves, we wither and fall, and our sins sweep us away like the wind.” Isaiah 64:8 (NLT)
©2015, Ayobami Temitope Kehinde