Guilt is what a person feels when they feel they have failed. Shame is viewing themselves as a failure because of what they’ve done.
Guilt is looking at the sin – shame is looking at yourself.
Once we have repented, we are forgiven. The bible says “If we confess our sins, he is faithful to forgive our sins…” (1 John 1:9) But Satan throws “false guilt” at us AFTER we are forgiven. He wants us to CONTINUE to feel guilty.
As long as we hold on to the past and keep thinking about it, we won’t feel confident going before God.
Yet, the bible says, “For I Will Be Merciful…And Their Sins…I Will Remember No More.” Hebrews 8:12
The bible talks about taking your thoughts captive in 2 Corinthians 10:5, that we need to demolish arguments that set themselves up against what God says about us and to take our thoughts captive. We have imaginations that wander and if we do not direct them, they will focus on negativity, the past, and everything that has gone wrong in our life.
Romans 8:1, “There Is Therefore Now No Condemnation To Them Which Are In Christ Jesus…”
Focus on what God says about you, not society and certainly not what you feel. For feelings and circumstances are temporary, but what God says about you is the Truth and it is unchanging.
God has already forgiven you. Now you must forgive yourself.