Last week we mentioned that the end of the year often brings times of reflection. We look back over the year to see if goals were met (or not). This process could bring on bouts of guilt over unmet goals. Maybe if I tried harder, maybe if I’d just given it more time, if I just had more willpower – and the reasoning goes on and on. No one likes that feeling of guilt. There are times when your enemy, the devil, tries to lay guilt on you when you don’t deserve it. It’s one of his weapons. But there are times when the feeling of guilt is trying to tell you something. One of the definitions of guilt is “a feeling of responsibility or remorse for some offense, crime, wrong, etc., whether real or imagined.” The etc. could be many things such as not accomplishing a goal that was set. But guilt is not necessarily a bad thing. In many situations, guilt is the appropriate response to have because it reveals a truth to us about ourselves. There’s been more than a time or two when I’ve done the wrong thing or not done the right thing and felt “guilty”. This feeling of guilt works to expose something that is wrong in our lives. The next time you are feeling nagged by guilt, don’t immediately feel bad. Use it to examine the situation to see where you might have gone wrong and begin to make it right. Guilt requires a response from you before it will go away. It will linger and nag you if you don’t!
23 For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Romans 3:23 (NLT)
1 So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. Romans 8:1 (NLT)
7 Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance. Luke 15:7 (ESV)