Guilt Trip

Guilt Trip
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They disobeyed. Realising they have sinned, they tried to hide and shift blame instead of owning up. They are Adam and Eve.
He betrayed, acknowledge it, unlike the first human couple. Filled with remorse, he took matters into his hands and became his own judge. He is Judas Iscariot.

Everyone, who has lived long enough, has gone on a guilt trip!
You can choose to take this trip down the retrogressive lane, characterised by denial, other-centred blame and rationalisation; or you can travel down the progressive path, marked by honesty, confession and repentance. Sadly, most people choose the former.

The world parades millions of Adams, Eves, and Judases. Today’s permissive society teems with specialists on blame-shifting and rationalisation. I have met people who are guiltless, at least in their eyes, because they are ‘pro-athletes’ in the blame-game. Iit comes naturally to us to blame something or someone, or make excuses, instead of owning up. In the rare event where we acknowledge that we are wrong, like Judas, we erroneously attempt to deal with guilt on our own.

You must know that guilt in itself is not bad, it is our reaction to it that most times is wrong. The best-selling American Author, Gretchen C. Rubin rightly said, “Negative emotions like loneliness, envy and guilt have an important role to play in a happy life; they’re big, flashing signs that something needs to change.” As feeling beings, guilt is one of the best gifts God has placed in us. It is a thermometer, an indicator which alerts us to abnormalities – the presence of sin – in our lives. A wrong response to sin plunges you into the quicksand of transferring blame from yourself, making excuses or needlessly and fruitlessly, atoning for your sins.

Forgiveness can only be found in Jesus Christ. He is the atoning sacrifice for the sins of the world. Every sin! Any sin! If you own up, Jesus is ‘faithful and just to forgive and cleanse from all unrighteousness.’ 1 John 1:9.

Let guilt take you back to God, to his mercy and grace!

How do you deal with guilt?


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5 thoughts on “Guilt Trip

  1. nice 1,i never new their ar different ways to deal with guilt. . . I will be glad if u can list down some ways to do that.

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  2. Hi Josh! Thank you for reading the post and taking time to leave a comment. Yes people respond to guilt in different ways: some blame others like Adam & Eve in the garden, accept they are wrong but they allow guilt to weigh them down to the extreme point of committing suicide like Judas Iscariot. The best way to resolve guilt is to accept it and allow it to lead you to seek forgiveness, from the person wronged and from God. Remember, Jesus is always ready to forgive and cleanse if we sincerely confess our wrongs. Thanks once again.

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  3. Knowing that there is no innocent bystander helps you own up to your guilt.You wont rationalize if you knew your contribution to the sin or the what ever sent you on the guilt trip. what could help i will suggest, is to apportion blame correctly. When you are apportion the blame correctly, its easier to come to God with your contribution to that sin and even forgive those whom you blame

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  4. Uncle Ambrose, thank you for that helpful feedback. I agree that the understanding that there is no innocent bystander helps one to own up. Also, I like the perspective of apportioning blame correctly. Thank you sir. I believe you and the family are doing fine.

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