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
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