Are you in an emotional battle because of guilt? Is your guilt a loving instrument of God – used to convict, correct and conform your character when you stray the wrong way? Or, do you battle feelings of shame and condemnation when guilt appears?
The Bible says … “Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death” (2 Corinthians 7:10). Realize, both true guilt and false guilt exist, and the differences are great. …
True Guilt is:
- Based on fact, not on feelings
- Results in godly sorrow over sin
- Brings conviction from the Spirit of truth and results in repentance
- Accepts forgiveness
- Leads to freedom as your relationship with God is restored
False Guilt is:
- Based on feelings, self-condemning feelings that you have not lived up to your own expectations or those of someone else
- Arises when you blame yourself, even though you’ve committed no wrong, or after you’ve confessed and turned from your sin
- Keeps you in bondage to three destructive weapons – shame, fear and anger
- Brings condemnation from your adversary Satan
- Results in depression and alienation from God and others
True guilt is your friend, a godly companion who whispers truth and motivates you to repent and be set free. False guilt is a relentless foe. All too often, guilt is the unseen enemy … an adversary to your God-given value and worth. When you feel guilty, learn to discern: Are you facing a friend or fighting a foe?
The next time you struggle with feelings of guilt, determine whether it is true or false guilt. Then, remember God’s truth … “There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1).
Yours in the Lord’s hope,