Role of Real Guilt

There is a vast difference between real guilt which leads to conviction of our sins and points us to Jesus and false guilt which is condemnation that keeps reminding us of our past sins and failures even after they are forgiven. This in one of Satan’s most often used and favorite tools, but don’t listen to him: instead quote scripture as Jesus did. This is an excellent one to quote:

“For we know that all things work together for good to those that love God, to them who are called according to His purpose. For whom He did foreknow, He also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the first born among many brethren. Moreover whom He did predestinate, them He also called: and them He called, them He also justified, and them He justified, He also glorified. What shall we say then to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? He that spared not His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all. how shall He not with Him also give us all things? Who shall lay anything to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifies. Who is he who that condemns? It is Christ who died; yea is risen again and is at God’s right hand, who also makes intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written: For Thy sake  we are killed all the day long: we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us. Therefore, I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities, not powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other creature shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus, our Lord.” Romans 8: 28-35.

David is an excellent example of one experiencing false guilt after his sins were forgiven. After Nathan confronted him concerning his sins and he had repented and confessed his sins, his past continued to torment him. His guilt is expressed in many of the psalms he wrote. There were consequences that resulted from David’s sins, as is true of each of us, but carrying a load of guilt is not one of the consequences.

Father, it grieves You to see one of Your children trying to serve You weighed down with an unnecessary burden of guilt. Help one reading the following words of Jesus to be released from her weigh: “Come unto me all you who labor and are heavy laden and l will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn of me: for I am meek and lowly in heart, and you shall find rest for your souls.” Matthew: 11. 28-30. Amen.

Doris Lisemby