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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