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When was the last time you felt guilty about something? Was it today, yesterday maybe…or not at all?
Most of us feel guilt; guilt can be a good thing, or a bad thing. Guilt that is of God will have a purpose and accomplish something. Guilt that is of the world will accomplish nothing and will inspire negative feelings.
Lets say you have committed a sin, and you are feeling guilty about it. If your guilt is of God, two things will happen.
- God given guilt will move you to confess your sin to God and seek His forgiveness.
- God given guilt will cause you to repent (turn away from) of this sin and work towards not committing it or others anymore.
Guilt that is of the world, or Satan will cause things to happen as well,
- As a believer you will feel tormented with thoughts of guilt over your offense that do not go away, even after having asked for forgiveness. This is a stronghold and needs to be broken. This is an excellent post by Pola Muzyka that deals with this subject. http://wp.me/p10elt-50J
- As a believer you may also have feelings of helplessness and an inability to cope with what is going on in your mind.
- As a believer you may well have accusing thoughts directed at self.
Guilt of the world or Satan is a lie directed at harming you. Romans 8:1 Therefore,there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. If you have confessed your sin to God, you are forgiven and need not suffer these thoughts any longer.
What if you do not feel much guilt about what you do, or never feel any guilt at all? This is a very dangerous road to be on that leads to nothing good. God has given us all a conscience, this is our built in warning system. Is your early warning system functioning properly?
We can dull our conscience and even outright destroy it. Do you ever find yourself telling your conscience to shut up and go away? You know, those thoughts of, “I really should not be doing this”. After a while of doing this, a particular sin may not even bother you anymore. Your conscience can be trained as I alluded to just now, which means that you can train it to ignore things you know are wrong! Heed your conscience when it tells you that you are about to do something bad or wrong!
How do you think this affects unbelievers? Many unbelievers will feel guilty about things they have done, but not for the same reasons. They will chalk these feelings of guilt up to the fact they are doing something their parents taught them was wrong to do. Or maybe society says a person should not really do that. Or possibly an unbeliever will feel bad only because he/she got caught!
The fact is that our conscience was put into us by God and is there to serve a purpose, to warn us when we are about to do something we should not. Ignoring it is a recipe for disaster.
Struggling with being free from guilt is a problem for many Believers. Remember what Romans 8:1 says; Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. If your guilt has driven you to your knees, and you have repented of your sin and asked for forgiveness…your guilt has done it’s job…now let it go! The weight of your guilt is lifted by a Holy and Perfect God, stop taking back what is not yours any longer.
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