Everyone struggles with guilt.
This feeling that we should have done something a different way. Made a different choice. Acted in a kinder way. Said it a different way. Or should have not said anything at all. Guilt.
Then there is this guilt when we think…
- Did my child have too much screen time today?
- Did I feed them well-rounded meals?
- Did I play with them enough?
- Did I encourage them enough today?
- Did I talk about Jesus?
The list could be 100 questions long, really. It’s the constant and nagging questions, wondering if we did something right. And we are basing our child’s success off of the answers to these questions. And really our success as a mom as well. But it is destroying us inside. We end up finding ourselves in a place we don’t want to be – caring too much about what others think. Trying to live up to the ways of the world, and in the end, find a depleting self-esteem in the process.
That mom guilt…it’s a doozy.
I know this is not a profound statement, but one we quickly forget – it doesn’t matter what others think – we are not to live for ourselves and others, but for God. And Him alone.
Yet we still carry the weight. How do we let go of the guilt and let God free us from the bondage of guilt?
Here are 10 Bible verses that you can refer back to, when you start to feel that “mom guilt” start to creep in:
Hebrews 12:1-2 ~ Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Galatians 1:10 ~ Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.
Matthew 10:37-39 ~ Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.
Colossians 3:1-2 ~ Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.
Philippians 3:13-14 ~ Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 1I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
Hebrews 10:22 ~ Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.
Philippians 4:6-7 ~ Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Matthew 6:34 ~ Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
2 Corinthians 10:5 ~ We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
2 Corinthians 12:9 ~ But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
And that, my friend, is true. His grace IS SUFFICIENT and HIS POWER is made PERFECT in WEAKNESS. Let Christ fill you. Let Christ be your driving force. Let Christ be the reason.
For it is because of Christ, that we can release all guilt. He bore it on the cross. Once and for all.