Guilty or Not Guilty

Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. – Hebrews 10:22

Guilty or Not Guilty

When I was twenty years old I fell into a deep depression. I began taking antidepressants and felt as old as a grandfather. My doctor diagnosed me with eighty-three ulcers and said I would have to make some serious life-style changes or have part of my intestines or colon removed. At the time I had no idea what was causing me such misery. Then I learned that guilt was literally eating away at me.

My guilt was a merciful wake-up call from God, showing me that I’d strayed into dangerous territory, my decisions we’re not only hurting me but they were hurting others.

Guilt can be a merciless taskmaster, that drives us far from God, or it can gently lead us back to a right relationship with Him.

Do you struggle with guilt? Don’t ignore it, but respond to the inner witness of the Holy Spirit.

– Steve Arterburn

Guilt is the source of sorrow, ’tis the fiend, Th’ avenging fiend, that follows us behind, with whips and stings” – Nicholas Rowe (1966 – )

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  1. sandy February 5, 2016 at 7:07 pm - Reply

    So true. I am much older and have internal Lupus, but my last colonoscopy detected 11 ulcers. I know that extreme stress was the cause of much of it. Also I have a lot of guilt of past poor discisions. I am going to a wonderful counselor and am doing breathing exercises while I quote scriptures It is helping a lot. Thanks for your story. I also need to get rid of my stress, and am trying to manage it. Sandy

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