September 5, 2015 – Guilt-Free

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Guilt: Punishing yourself when God doesn’t.”–Alan Cohen

     My little girl recently damaged one of the drawers in her bathroom. She wasn’t doing anything mischievous; she was just trying to climb up on it to get something that was out of her reach. The real infraction occurred when I snapped at her about it. After a few minutes, I apologized to her. A couple of hours later guilt set in, and I apologized again. She responded, “It’s ok, Daddy, I already told you it was ok.”

The Holy Spirit works in our hearts to correct us when we fall, but we must learn to recognize the difference between guilt and conviction. Conviction is the tool God uses to say, “There is a problem in your life, and you need to make it right.” Guilt is the imposter. Guilt slides in after God has already done His work and says, “You’ve had a problem, and you always will.”

Are you beating yourself up over something that God has already forgiven? You can keep asking Him for forgiveness, but the answer is going to be the same answer my daughter gave me.

Submitted by Zack Whitsel

Daily Reading: Ezekiel 21-22