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I scattered the word seeds onto the hard fallow ground of the women prisoners.
The Holy Spirit had these women in the palm of His hand and they were listening with a depth of hope I had seldom witnessed in my years of teaching.
Tears of hope began to soak wearied faces as I began to explain. "If you are guilty then you can be forgiven," I told them softly. "If you are not guilty then you can stop beating yourself up."
Guilt shackles us whether we dwell in a cottage, an apartment or a prison. For years, even decades, many Christian women suffer under a burden of sin already forgiven and removed as far as the east is from the west. Their prison doors have been unlocked. Freedom from guilt has been bought by the redeeming blood of Christ's sacrifice.
Sarah is leaving prison this morning. She has been given her freedom because her debt has been paid. It is a freedom that has come after unimaginable sacrifice. She carries with her the scars of guilt for her wrong deeds as well as the scars of wrong deeds done to her.
Sarah could choose to remain shackled in chains even though she has been offered freedom. But, why would she do that?