We’ve all been there…heavy with guilt of something we done, said, thought or even something we didn’t do or say. And I think I can speak for all of us when I say it is not a great place to be. So why do we continue to partake in such activities if we know the after effect (guilt) will completely consume us making us feel completely miserable? Maybe its because we are so caught up in the moment that we can’t get past those few seconds to think about how we will feel after.
When we are placed in situations where we are tempted to partake in an activity that we know will result in guilt, we have to think about whats more important. What will last longer? That certain moment or the guilt that will follow our decision? Guilt has a way of bringing us down, making us feel unworthy in the presence of God, and can potentially create distance between you and God. Not because he’s mad at you for whatever you done, but because you can’t forgive yourself to allow him close to you.
Remember that guilt does not control you, you control it. Next time you’re in a sticky situation, what will you do? Will you beat guilt or bow down to it? Whatever the situation is that is bringing you guilt is not worth weakening your relationship with Christ by making you feel ashamed. Beat the temptation so you will not have to deal with the after effect, Mr. Guilt himself. You will be so glad you did. Now let’s beat guilt’s butt.
“Although you wash yourself with soap and use an abundance of cleansing powder, the stain of your guilt is still before me,” declares the Sovereign Lord. -Jeremiah 2:22