What is Guilt?

Although devotionals are to encourage others, sometimes there are things in our lives that must be coped with before we can enjoy life and its blessings. Since guilt is one such culprit, I feel impressed to discuss this subject.

So what is guilt? It is a feeling of responsibility or remorse for an offense, wrong, or thought, real or imagined, that one commits. And in the beginning, it should be said

there is real or necessary guilt and there is unnecessary or false guilt.

Perhaps all who read this devotion are familiar with guilt as I am: because long before I knew what to call it, and before becoming a believer, guilt took an active role in my life.

Though not a believer, when I did something I thought was wrong, my conscience let me know and guilt was the result. Also guilt is a constant companion: one can’t hide or run away from it. Even in the belly of the huge fish God prepared to swallow  Jonah, he sensed guilt and cried out to God. As a believer, one can do that, but if not a believer many times guilt results in repentance and people confess their sins and allow Jesus to come into their lives.

After becoming a believer, will all guilt disappear? God planned it that way, but You and I know otherwise. Many of God’s children, though forgiven of our sins, continue to carry a load of guilt. Shame on us! That is false guilt, and one of Satan’s sharpest tools used in trying to hinder maturity and peace in the lives of believers. When God adopts one into His royal family, a robe of Christ’s righteousness is put on us and our Father sees us as if we never sinned. He said, “I, even I, am He who blots out your transgression for Mine own sake, and remember your sin no more. “Isaiah 43: 25.

So when we continue asking God to forgive some sin already blotted out, He has no record of it.

Heavenly Father, help any believer carrying a load of grief to read and internalize this promise: “Come now, and let us reason together, says the Lord; though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” Isaiah 1: 18.

Doris Lisemby