Loft Daily Devotional
READ Psalm 32:5 NLT
Guilt has a way of weighing us down, doesn’t it? When we’ve done something wrong, made a mistake, or are trying to keep something hidden, the guilt can feel heavier and heavier as we go. What can we do to get rid of that weight? Confess! When we confess our sins to God, we are forgiven of them. The weight of our guilt can be gone, just like that! While we may not escape the consequences of our mistakes, confessing them honestly to God can free us from the weight of the guilt we feel as a result. What is weighing you down right now? Confess it to God, praying that He would remove your guilt and replace it with His forgiveness.
READ 1 John 1:9 NLT
One of the scariest things about confessing something we’re guilty of is the fear of what will happen next. Will we get in trouble? Will we be forgiven? Will it change the way the other person sees us? What’s amazing about God is that we don’t have to question what comes next. When we confess our sins to Him, we’re forgiven. It’s as simple as that! We don’t have to do anything to earn the freedom from guilt and the grace of forgiveness that He offers. All that is required of us is to come to Him. There, we’ll find forgiveness. Talk to a trusted friend or Small Group Leader about what that forgiveness means to you this week.
READ Isaiah 43:25 NLT
Have you ever done something to hurt a friend? Maybe you said something hurtful, or excluded them from the group text, or didn’t invite them to hang out. Whether you meant to or not, those things caused hurt. And sometimes the hurt is so bad, it ruins the relationship. Wouldn’t it be nice if they could just forgive? Well, that’s exactly what God does for us. When we make mistakes, He forgives. And He does that not just because He loves us, but because He wants us to have a close relationship with Him. He doesn’t want our guilt to stand in the way of that! How can you take a step toward asking for forgiveness and making your relationship right with someone you hurt this week?
READ Psalm 34:4-5 NLT
We’ve all seen a person who just seems to be happy all the time. They’re almost carefree, like no guilt, or shame, or worry has ever bothered them! And they often cause us to wonder, “Why can’t I feel like that?” Well, the good news is, you can! This verse reminds us that joy is available to all of us. If we ask God for it, He will provide it. And His joy? It’s bigger than just happiness. It has the power to free us from all of our fears, stresses, and guilts. In God, we can all be “radiant with joy.” Journal, draw, paint, or just think about what it would look like for you to be radiant with the joy only God can give.
READ Hebrews 8:12 NLT
One of the best things about God is that He doesn’t keep a record of our wrongs. When we make a mistake and seek out His forgiveness, He not only extends us His grace, but He doesn’t hold on to our mistakes. In other words, God forgives and forgets. So if He can let it go, why can’t we? So often we hang onto the guilt that comes from our mistakes. We let it keep us from moving forward. Today, pray that God would forgive you for the things you feel guilty of right now. Then, ask that He would help you move forward and keep going with the freedom to let it go.
READ 1 John 3:20 NLT
God knows all. And believe it or not, that’s really good news! That means even when we feel guilty, God knows. When we feel afraid, God knows. When we feel worried, God knows. When we feel frustrated, God knows. And even better, He is greater than all that we feel. There is not a feeling in the world that He doesn’t know about or can’t handle. So we can go to Him confidently in anything we’re feeling, knowing He is greater and all-knowing in the face of it. Try it today! Go to God and talk about your feelings. Ask Him to remind you that He knows what you’re facing and is big enough to get through it.
READ Romans 8:1 NLT
As you grow and mature in your faith, you’ll be faced with questions, doubts, and even challenges to what you believe. A great way to help you remember God’s truth and discover more of His wisdom in the face of those questions is to have Scripture memorized. That keeps His Word close to you when you need it most! To work on memorizing this verse, listen to it read out loud on your phone or Bible app. Try saying it along with it as you listen to work on memorizing it for yourself.