Sometimes we become paralyzed by guilt because we may have erred in judgment, and actions. By carrying this guilt, we carry a heavy burden that stops us from moving forward and living life to the fullest as God intended. A guilty conscience often traps us in the past, preventing us from fully embracing the present and looking toward the future. 

Bible verses about guilt.
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In the Bible, we encounter the story of Peter, who was filled with guilt and shame after denying Jesus three times. Yet, Peter’s denial did not define him; he repented, and his faith was strengthened. In recognition of his transformation, Jesus named him “Peter the Rock,” a foundation for the church. Similarly, King David, burdened by his grievous mistakes, found solace in the verses of Psalms 51.

When guilt threatens to drag us to the depths of despair, we have the opportunity to unburden ourselves through repentance and confession to find redemption and peace.

Here is a list of Bible verses about guilt

Romans 8:1

“There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”

Isaiah 1:18

“Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.”

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Psalm 103:12

“As far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.”

1 John 1:9

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

Psalm 34:5

“Those who look to him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed.”

Bible verses about guilt.
Bible verse from the book of 2 Corinthians 5:17.

Psalm 51:10

“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.”

Hebrews 10:22

“Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.”

2 Corinthians 5:17

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”

Psalm 32:5

“I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not cover my iniquity; I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,’ and you forgave the iniquity of my sin.”

Isaiah 43:25

“I, I am he who blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and I will not remember your sins.”

Romans 5:8

“But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

Psalm 86:5

“For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon you.”

Psalm 38:4

“My iniquities have gone over my head; like a heavy burden, they are too heavy for me.”

Micah 7:18

“Who is a God like you, pardoning iniquity and passing over transgression for the remnant of his inheritance? He does not retain his anger forever, because he delights in steadfast love.”

Hebrews 4:16

“Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”

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Psalm 103:10-12

“He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.”

Colossians 3:13

“Bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.”

Bible verses about guilt.
Bible verse from the book of Psalm 34.5.

Psalm 25:18

“Consider my affliction and my trouble, and forgive all my sins.”

Psalm 86:15

“But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.”

Romans 4:7-8

“Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, and whose sins are covered; blessed is the man against whom the Lord will not count his sin.”

Psalm 130:3-4

“If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness, that you may be feared.”

Luke 7:47

“Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven—for she loved much. But he who is forgiven little, loves little.”

Ephesians 4:32

“Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”

Psalm 130:1-2

“Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord! O Lord, hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my pleas for mercy!”

2 Corinthians 5:21

“For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”

Psalm 147:3

“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.”

Romans 8:38-39

“For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

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1 Peter 5:7

“Casting all your anxieties on him because he cares for you.”

Lamentations 3:22-23

“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”

Bible verses about guilt.
Bible verse from the book of 1 John 1:9.

Romans 15:13

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.”

Psalm 34:22

“The Lord redeems the life of his servants; none of those who take refuge in him will be condemned.”

Psalm 94:18-19

“When I thought, ‘My foot slips,’ your steadfast love, O Lord, held me up. When the cares of my heart are many, your consolations cheer my soul.”

Psalm 32:1-2

“Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man against whom the Lord counts no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit.”

2 Corinthians 7:10

“For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death.”

Psalm 25:7

“Remember not the sins of my youth or my transgressions; according to your steadfast love remember me, for the sake of your goodness, O Lord!”

Isaiah 44:22

“I have blotted out your transgressions like a cloud and your sins like mist; return to me, for I have redeemed you.”

Hebrews 10:17

“I will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more.”

Psalm 42:11

“Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God.”

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John 3:17

“For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.”

Psalm 37:24

“Though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong, for the Lord upholds his hand.”

1 John 4:18

“There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.”

Bible verses about guilt.
Bible verse from the book of Psalm 103:12.

Psalm 94:19

“When the cares of my heart are many, your consolations cheer my soul.”

Psalm 103:13

“As a father shows compassion to his children, so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him.”

Psalm 25:11

“For your name’s sake, O Lord, pardon my guilt, for it is great.”

Isaiah 54:4

“Fear not, for you will not be ashamed; be not confounded, for you will not be disgraced; for you will forget the shame of your youth, and the reproach of your widowhood you will remember no more.”

Hebrews 7:25

“Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.”

Psalm 28:7

“The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him.”

Isaiah 26:3

“You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.”

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Psalm 9:10

“And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you.”

Psalm 55:22

“Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.”

1 Corinthians 10:13

“No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation, he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.”