GUILT

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A feeling of responsibility or remorse for some real or imagined offense

Source: Clay Bennett Cartoon Archives
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Scripture

Romans 3:22-24 (NIV)
“This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.”


While in Rome

MODERN CHRISTIAN CONCEPTSPaul went through great lengths to explain Righteousness.

ALL ARE LOST WITHOUT GOD! Romans 3:22 -24 (NIV)

9 What shall we conclude then? Do we have any advantage? Not at all! For we have already made the charge that Jews and Gentiles alike are all under the power of sin. 10 As it is written:
“There is no one righteous, not even one;
11 there is no one who understands;
there is no one who seeks God.


MAN’S SOLUTION: (Romans Road)

I. For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, (Romans 3:23).

II. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in[a] Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 6:23).

III. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8).

IV. If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved (Romans 10:9-10).


Hope

The good news is that God’s program of reconciliation and forgiveness works!


Biblical Figures who had a serious encounter with guilt

1. Judah pronounces a premature judgment then recants … About three months later Judah was told, “Your daughter-in-law Tamar is guilty of prostitution, and as a result she is now pregnant.” Judah said, “Bring her out and have her burned to death!” Genesis 38:24
2. David’s dealing with Uriah… “My guilt has overwhelmed me like a burden too heavy to bear” Psalm 38:4 (guilt intensifies when exposed).
3. Jesus… God declared us not guilty through Christ death on the cross. About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”). Matthew 27:46


Four types of Guilt

  • Civil Guilt
    The outcome of violating human law
  • Theological Guilt
    The outcome of violating divine law
  • Psychological Guilt
    The outcome of violating nurture (upbringing violation/perceived guilt)
  • True Guilt
    Real Guilt that leads to constructive sorrow

Guilt is either confronted and dealt with completely or evaded (escapes).

Methods of Escape: (page 120)

  1. “I GIVE UP” Give in to depression, worthlessness and hopelessness
  2. “I’LL SHOW YOU”- Give in to anger
  3. “I’M NOT THAT BAD” Give in to denial

Effects of Guilt: (page 121)guilt images

Feelings of rejection, projection of feelings, inability to say no, depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive behaviors, blame-shifting, loss of intimacy with God, addictions, Indulgences as a result of blackmail and CONDEMNATION CONTRAST WITH CONVICTION

John 15:8 “And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment.”


LESSONS LEARNED

• Spend time in the presence of God and Place Him First!
• Renew Your Mind (Romans 12:1-2),
• Forsake not the Fellowship of the Saints (Hebrews 12:1)


Remorse for wrong doing is an acceptable behavior

GRIEF: (page 113) it’s healthy for men to cry. Tears made during moments of grief contain toxins produced internally. Let Go and Let God: Yet, pay attention to your feelings. Your emotions can be powerful indicators of problems and may serve as an engine light to the human body.

THE FREEDOM OF FORGIVENESS by Dr. Augsburger 1. Face it 2. Confess it 3.Forsake it 4. Live it.

Forsaking your guilt has to do with construction sorrow or repentance. This is the gospel!
To confess your total dependence on the grace of God is to free you to take the next step

BIBLICAL ANSWERS TO LIFE'S TOUGH QUESTIONS: Charles Stanley's Handbook for Christian Living Doctrine: Guilt (pages 118), Unit on Daily Living.
BIBLICAL ANSWERS TO LIFE’S TOUGH QUESTIONS: Charles Stanley’s Handbook for Christian Living Doctrine: Guilt (pages 118), Unit on Daily Living.

“…The testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy…” (Revelation 19:10).
Trust in Him!

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