The Bible describes guilt as an overwhelmingly heavy burden. God wants to relieve us of this burden, but we often don’t let him. Instead, we try to find relief from things that can’t provide it. People can’t take away our guilt, and neither can hiding it, lying about it, or justifying it. Only God can take away our guilt through his forgiveness, compassion, and mercy. These Bible verses will help us come to God when we feel guilty so that we can discover the relief only he can provide.
God, give me mercy from your fountain of forgiveness! I know your abundant love is enough to wash away my guilt. Because your compassion is so great, take away this shameful guilt of sin. Forgive the full extent of my rebellious ways, and erase this deep stain on my conscience.
Psalm 51:1-2 TPT
Oh, what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven, whose sin is put out of sight!  Yes, what joy for those whose record the LORD has cleared of guilt, whose lives are lived in complete honesty!  When I refused to confess my sin, my body wasted away, and I groaned all day long.  Day and night your hand of discipline was heavy on me. My strength evaporated like water in the summer heat.  Finally, I confessed all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide my guilt. I said to myself, “I will confess my rebellion to the LORD.” And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone.
Psalm 32:1-5 NLT
Lord, you’re so kind and tenderhearted and so patient with people who fail you! Your love is like a flooding river overflowing its banks with kindness.  You don’t look at us only to find our faults, just so that you can hold a grudge against us.  You may discipline us for our many sins, but never as much as we really deserve. Nor do you get even with us for what we’ve done.  Higher than the highest heavens—that’s how high your tender mercy extends! Greater than the grandeur of heaven above is the greatness of your loyal love, towering over all who fear you and bow down before you!  Farther than from a sunrise to a sunset—that’s how far you’ve removed our guilt from us.
Psalm 103:8-12 TPT
Who can accuse the people God has chosen? No one! God is the one who makes them right.  Who can say that God’s people are guilty? No one! Christ Jesus died for us, but that is not all. He was also raised from death. And now he is at God’s right side, speaking to him for us.
Romans 8:33-34 ERV
And he touched my mouth, and said: “Behold, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away, and your sin forgiven.”
Isaiah 6:7 RSV
But God is faithful and fair. If we confess our sins, he will forgive our sins. He will forgive every wrong thing we have done. He will make us pure.
1 John 1:9 NIrV
But if we [really] are living and walking in the Light, as He [Himself] is in the Light, we have [true, unbroken] fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses (removes) us from all sin and guilt [keeps us cleansed from sin in all its forms and manifestations].
1 John 1:7 AMPC
But God clearly shows and proves His own love for us, by the fact that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.  Therefore, since we have now been justified [declared free of the guilt of sin] by His blood, [how much more certain is it that] we will be saved from the wrath of God through Him.
Romans 5:8-9 AMP
Come, let’s talk this over, says the Lord; no matter how deep the stain of your sins, I can take it out and make you as clean as freshly fallen snow. Even if you are stained as red as crimson, I can make you white as wool!
Isaiah 1:18 TLB
My guilt overwhelms me- it is a burden too heavy to bear.
Psalm 38:4 NLT
Just think how much more the blood of Christ will purify our consciences from sinful deeds so that we can worship the living God. For by the power of the eternal Spirit, Christ offered himself to God as a perfect sacrifice for our sins.
Hebrews 9:14 NLT
The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!”
John 1:29 NLT
The fact is, it was our suffering he took on himself; he bore our pain. But we thought that God was punishing him, that God was beating him for something he did.  But he was being punished for what we did. He was crushed because of our guilt. He took the punishment we deserved, and this brought us peace. We were healed because of his pain.  We had all wandered away like sheep. We had gone our own way. And yet the LORD put all our guilt on him.
Isaiah 53:4-6 ERV
Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.
2 Chronicles 7:14 NLT
He gave himself for us, to rescue us from all wickedness and to make us a pure people who belong to him alone and are eager to do good.
Titus 2:14 GNT
Even if we feel guilty, God is greater than our feelings, and he knows everything.  Dear friends, if we don’t feel guilty, we can come to God with bold confidence.  And we will receive from him whatever we ask because we obey him and do the things that please him.
1 John 3:20-22 NLT
Sprinkled with the blood of Christ, our hearts have been made free from a guilty conscience, and our bodies have been washed with pure water. So come near to God with a sincere heart, full of confidence because of our faith in Christ.
Hebrews 10:22 ERV
Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.
James 5:16 NLT
“Instead, this is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after those days”-the LORD’s declaration. “I will put my teaching within them and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.  No longer will one teach his neighbor or his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ for they will all know me, from the least to the greatest of them”-this is the LORD’s declaration. “For I will forgive their iniquity and never again remember their sin.
Jeremiah 31:33-34 CSB