Everyone who has lived long enough has gone on a guilt trip!
We go on this trip either, on a road lined with signs that point to denial, rationalisation, lies and other-centred blame, or down the path marked by honesty, confession, forgiveness and repentance.
Sadly, most of us speed down the former.
There are biblical characters who handled guilt in ways that are typical.
Genesis 3 tells of how Adam and Eve disobeyed an explicit instruction. Realising they have sinned, and burdened with guilt, they played the blame game.
Matthew 27 narrates how Judas Iscariot, weighed down with the guilt of betraying a close friend, sped down the path that ended with him dangling from a noose.
Our society today teems with people who are guiltless, at least in their eyes. Most of us have become pro-athletes in the blame game. It is easy for us to blame something or someone, or make excuses instead of owning up. In the event we acknowledge we are wrong, like Judas, we end it.
Guilt in itself is not bad. It is our reaction to it most times that is wrong. The bestselling 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 given us. It is a thermometer, an indicator which alerts us to abnormalities – the presence of sin – in our lives. A wrong response to it plunges you into the quicksand of transferring blame from yourself, making excuses or needlessly and fruitlessly atoning for your sins.
Forgiveness is the remedy for guilt. Whenever you go on a guilt trip let your motivation be repentance, and destination forgiveness – forgiveness from whoever was wronged of affected.
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Ultimately, 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!
One key way I make the most of my day is to start the day off asking God for forgiveness for anything wrong I have done, said or thought about.
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