Individual, West Virginia
T/R: Jim Hawkins
August 31, 2002
Guilt can be a real paradox: you feel guilty when you don't feel guilty, yet you don't want to feel guilty in the first place. The resolution lies directly in a person's relationship with God.
Guilt is the gas gauge of life; only when you are running on empty can God fill you with himself, and then there's no room left for the emptiness of guilt.
Guilt has been balanced out by forgiveness.
Guilt is healthy only if it causes us to keep working at perfection. Guilt then, must be viewed as a temporary measure, to be set aside once its usefulness on a case by case basis has been expended and taken up again only when needed.
Saint Paul in the epistle to the Romans (8:1,2) reminds us of the fleeting usefulness of guilt by reminding us that there is now no more condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus.
If God does not condemn us why then should we condemn ourselves?