We Should Feel Guilty

"For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart."
Hebrews 4: 12 King James Version

Someone sent me an email yesterday and told me that I should never say anything that would make people feel guilty. I submit to you on the authority of the Word of God that if we are doing things and saying things that hurt Jesus, we should feel guilty. In fact, one of my prayers is "Father, if I am doing anything or saying anything that would hurt You, please make me so uncomfortable that I would be nauseous".

He has answered my prayer because every time I say or do something unkind that hurts Him and brings shame to Him, I get very nauseous. It’s not anything that I say that makes people feel guilty and uncomfortable. It is the Word of God that brings conviction. There have been times when I too felt guilty when the pastor said something in the sermon that related to something that I had done or said that I shouldn’t have done or said.

I used to think that the pastor was just trying to make me feel uncomfortable and guilty. Until one Sunday morning, when the pastor preached a sermon on our verse for today. I realized then that the pastor had nothing to do with the guilt that I was feeling. It was the Word of God that was bringing me into account for my actions and thoughts.

I have good news for you. We read in the Bible "For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved" (John 3:17). We do not have to feel guilty and ashamed if we will but confess our sins and ask Him to please forgive us. I have heard this comment countless times "You’re a Christian. You’re not supposed to sin and do things you are not supposed to do and you are never supposed to say unkind things to people". That is a true statement. People who claim to be Christians should not say unkind things or do things to hurt people but we do and say them anyway. Christians are not perfect; they are only people who have been saved by the blood of Jesus.

If you are doing things or saying things or thinking things that bring shame to Jesus and hurt Him, stop it. Ask God to please forgive you and help you not to do them again. He will be faithful to forgive you. Don’t allow satan to keep you under condemnation. When God forgives you, He will never hold it against you again. Live victoriously knowing that your sins have been forgiven through the precious blood that Jesus shed for you on the cruel cross of Calvary.

Copyright 2008 by Joanne Lowe, all rights reserved.

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