Why Do I FEeel A Sense Of Guilt?
My guilt has overwhelmed me like a burden too heavy to bear.
~ Psalm 38:4 (NIV)
Many people today feel a sense of guilt for one simple reason: they are guilty. The Bible says we are all guilty before a holy God. And all the psychological counseling in the world cannot relieve a person of that guilt. You can pretend it's not there or find someone else to blame for your problems, but the only real and effective way to remove guilt is to get to the root of the problem, which plainly is sin.
There are a lot of people today who have a guilty conscience. That is what Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, author of the Sherlock Holmes stories, discovered. One day he decided to play a joke on 12 of his friends. He sent them all a message that said, "Flee at once. All is discovered:' And within 24 hours, all 12 of his friends had left the country. I think that is having a guilty conscience. It was just a joke; nothing was discovered. But these people felt so guilty about something that they got out as quickly as they could.
Guilt can be good-it can be God's warning system to alert us to a problem. When I am beginning to do something wrong, guilt kicks in. It says, "Stop! Red alert! Don't go any further. This is a bad thing." Guilt is there to remind us we are crossing the line, and we should not go any further. Do you have a guilty conscience? Maybe God is telling you something. Maybe you should pay attention to your conscience. Then you can be refreshed by the presence of the Lord.
Dear Heavenly Father, I pray right now for your grace to cover all of us. I pray that you would free anyone from the guilt that they feel. Guilt from something that has happened by accident and where no one is at fault, yet the weight of guilt burdens. The enemy uses guilt to condemn and depress people. He uses is it as a tool for destruction. I pray for your redemption to reverse his coercive acts. May your will be done and may you mend whatever the situation is that is the source of guilt. Thank you Lord for grace, thank you for your healing, thank you for your power, and thank you for your Holy Spirit! In Jesus name, Amen.In Jesus,
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Many people today feel a sense of guilt for one simple reason: they are guilty.