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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Flying with Thursday's Word Guilt by Brenda Smith

Thursday's Word
Sylwia Bartyzel


DEFINED: Having done wrong.
Scripture:  James 2:10 “For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.”  Romans 5:8-9 “But God commandeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”

The first thing we need to understand is that there are things for which we should feel guilty and there are things for which we should not feel guilty. There are things for which we should feel guilty and take personal responsibility. However, there is false guilt where we carry the guilt of what other people have done. False guilt cripples us and the truth is we do not wish to carry what is not ours. Recognize this fact and assign it appropriately. Guilt can have either a positive or negative effect in and on our lives. Positively it can bring us to take responsibility, seek forgiveness and experience freedom.

Guilt can lie dormant for years in our hearts and then all of a sudden come to the surface, sometimes with such force that it feels like we are drowning. Guilt can be triggered years later by a memory, a meeting, and we need to have in place the Biblical understanding of how to deal with it when it does appear. When these times come, we must remember that Jesus Christ has paid the debt for all our sin. This means that He has already paid the price for our wrongdoing, and we have been found “not guilty.” As our sin lies dead at the cross, so does our guilt.

What did this loving act accomplish? It enabled us to approach almighty God as clean, pure, and holy men and women. Our purity is not related to anything we ourselves have done; it is due exclusively to the fact that we have been purified in Jesus’ blood. That’s why we can say we have been “washed in the blood,” which is the only way the stain of sin can be removed.

Thank you Heavenly Father today, not only for forgiving our sin, but also for freeing us from the burden of guilt. Thank you for providing the only way out. You gave the perfect sacrifice: Your Son, Jesus Christ (Romans 5:8).

Let’s rejoice in knowing this emotional pain is no longer ours to carry!!

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