Untold millions and probably it would be safe to say even billions of people‚ suffer from unresolved feelings of guilt. Like a cruel tyrant‚ guilt whips up its subjects at will‚ altering the course of their life‚ hindering them from making great decisions‚ pushing them into a miserable state of self-hatred and rejection‚ paralyzing their gifts and dreams.
Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven‚ whose sin is covered. (Psalm 3’:1)
Some people have never heard of the “solution” that the Bible provides – forgiveness through the blood sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Others have heard of it‚ but a religious mindset hinders them from truly enjoying the incredible blessing of forgiveness and the accompanying benefit of the emotional state of resulting comfort from it.
How do we counter this tyrant? How do we dethrone him from his sometime generational rule?
1. We must humble ourselves and receive the goodness of God’s forgiveness. Our minds will never be able to grasp it‚ which is why the only thing we can do is to simply receive it.
2. We must embrace the process of emotional healing from the trauma of guilt. Few of us realize this‚ but what we call “a sense of guilt” isn’t really a healthy thing at all. It stems from sin and God wants it out of our lives. The Holy Spirit convicts us of sin but doesn’t stress us with guilt. Big difference. Make sure you learn more about the difference between these two. Sadly‚ religion actually uses guilt to keep people into the “fold”‚ instead of liberating and releasing people to become the strong‚ righteous‚ guilt-free men and women they were always meant to be.
3. As we start enjoying a life of freedom from the torment of feelings resulting from unresolved guilt in our lives‚ we shouldn’t hold back from sharing with others what “did it” for us. The Lord will be pleased to use us as ambassadors of reconciliation as we navigate the journey called life.
Amen and amen!