Reflection 8: What You Can Expect From Life: According to GUILT

14 “Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord. 15 See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many. 16 See that no one is sexually immoral, or is godless like Esau, who for a single meal sold his inheritance rights as the oldest son.17 Afterward, as you know, when he wanted to inherit this blessing, he was rejected. Even though he sought the blessing with tears, he could not change what he had done.” ~ Hebrew 12:12-17

WHAT IS GUILT?

The definition of guilt according to the Merriam-Webster Online dictionary is: “1: the fact of having committed a breach of conduct especially violating law and involving a penalty; broadly : guilty conduct. 2 a : the state of one who has committed an offense especially consciously, b : feelings of culpability especially for imagined offenses or from a sense of inadequacy : self-reproach. 3: a feeling of culpability for offenses.” (found on line:http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/guilt)

Taking form the non-biblical view first guilt is the knowledge that you have committed some grievous act against another person and your conscience will not let you alone, it eats away at you and these emotions drag you down and weigh heavily upon you. Mans law assigns guilt, and then attempts to punish the guilty which it often fails miserably at doing. But the feelings of culpability is the true and right punishment for the guilty, and it is through this method which proves to be more superior than that of any law of man. Therefore, true guilt is not the realm of man, but that of God. No one on earth has the knowledge and truth and perfect wisdom to know exactly  how much guilt to assign nor could they ever assign the proper punishment, but God can because He alone see’s your heart. Thus, from here on we shall talk about true guilt in its purest form, that of spiritual punishment.

TRUE GUILT

Some people don’t really feel guilt right away, then others are so incased in it they can hardly breath. The difference in these two types of people; who feel guilt and those who seemingly do not is simply a consequence  of the life they have lead, but surely I tell you everyone at some level feels God’s love as surely as they feel His scorn. God assigns the proper amount of guilt, and He alone can take it away. God is the perfect judge, and He is perfect in all of His judgements. Because of this those who are closer to God feel the guilt in a different way than that of a non-believer. A Godly person allows the guilt to bring them closer to God and to repent instantly, where as the non-believer allows the guilt to push them farther away from God, sinks further into the hole they themselves created and cannot climb out of and ultimately will did a sinner unforgiven and convicted of their transgressions with no hope of redemption. The unbeliever though it might not seem to affect them, will suffer greater than any believer, including Jesus who died for our sins. Satan through his masterful tongue lead one third of all the angels into sin, and is solely responsible for separating the unbelievers from God as well. So, in the purest form guilt is the wall that we all hit when we have sinned against God, and if not dealt with it will dispose of you. Guilt can be hell on earth, it can be debilitating, it can destroy relationships, and cause strife between husbands and wives, mothers from her children and fathers from their children, it separates and conquers like a well seasoned army unleashed without equal, and will kill the person it has infected if they do not repent and remain Godless. So you might ask why did God create such a formitable  method of punishment? Simple, because God did not want man to be separated and He wanted man to walk with Him as His children, not be filled with pride and thus stubborn like Satan. But like everything else Satan uses guilt to beat you over the head, to remind you of how much of a sinner you are, he wears you down with it, shakes you with it, and he convicts you of all your guilt unjustly even after God has forgiven you. Though, ironically the worst case of guilt is not felt by any mortal, but yet by that of Satan himself, for he is now locked into this struggle with God knowing that he has sinned greater than any being in existence and thus, it is through guilt Satan strives so hard to eliminate God, and separate and divide the children of God. It is through Satan’s guilt do we make war against our brethren, do we harbor ill feelings for those who have wronged us, it is through Satan’s guilt that we sin, and it is through guilt that God assigns that which can if allowed bring us closer to God, because God still loves us, still forgives us, and we are still His alone.

GUILT FREE

9 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” ~ 1John 1:9

It is promised in almost every book of the Bible that God will forgive us our sins, yet so many people don’t believe in that, thus their faith has abandoned them. In this these people blame God of their circumstances and blame God for not intervening when it is their own fault due to lack of faith.  These people are hypocrites and say they love God, but do not practice what they preach, thus they act within the same manner as Satan, as they assign guilt upon others and give no mercy, even when God has given His divine forgiveness and mercy. These people do these things because like Satan they have been found guilty by God and thus refuse to seek His forgiveness instead they bolt and run away consumed with guilt, letting it fester and take root, in the end they through their own guilt become bitter and seek to make other bitter as well. In saying this I first want to remind everyone that guilt is given by God in the perfect amount for the sin you have committed against Him. Secondly, you cannot escape it and therefore it makes no sense to run and hide, but rather ask for God’s forgiveness. When you ask God of His forgiveness then He upholds all of His promises and will give it remembering your sin no more.

12 “For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.” ~ Hebrew 8:12

Therefore, if God forgives you there is no man who can condemn you, there is no other guilt which your soul can be held accountable for and within the eyes of God you have been washed clean. The trap so many of us fall into is that part of us knows we have been forgiven, but the lies of Satan are so strong our hearts are still heavy. The flip side to this is we have asked God and do not feel any better, and  the lies of Satan are so powerful we allow his guilt to penetrate our hearts and thus we become miserable within it. But in either case, know that God will do what he has promised, for forgiveness and mercy is His specialty. Only God can forgive sin, only God has promised forgiveness and mercy, and has delivered it through Jesus Christ, only God has the power to absolve your sin and forgive your guilt, for when He does this then you are truly guilt free.

  12 “as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.” ~ Psalm 103:12

So with these truths what do you do if someone refuses to forgive you of the sin you committed against them even when God has forgiven you? Truly I say to you people can be cruel, people can be mean. If your brethren harbors ill for you then their sin is rife with God, for God has commanded all of us to be as Jesus and forgive. God has commanded us all to be merciful to each other, to love one-another, to be understand, patient, and kind. There simply is no room in Heaven for lack of forgiveness, for spitefulness  for cruelty of any kind, and there is no room in God’s heart for these sins. If they refuse to forgive you, then they are not of God. More to the point as human beings the only true thing you can do is to try and never give up, never walk away, and fill your heart with forgiveness for their hardness of heart. (The only time this does not apply is if your sin was of such a destructive nature, i.e. sexual molestation, murder, mental or physical ect., where by your very presence is destructive to the other person who you wish to forgive you. In this God may have forgiven you, but victims of certain crimes have been placed in such turmoil that true forgiveness may take many years to achieve and its best to leave your request in Gods hands.)  In specific cases where children have become estranged to one of their parents because of the nature of a divorce  there may be hard feelings, especially if the child was forced to choose one parent over the other,. The parent who is left without anything goes through an-array of emotions which starts with guilt and ends with empathy. The loss of a child in this manner is worse than loosing them to death, because there is no closure, no burial,  no manner in-which to say goodbye, and no absolution, no means of contact, no hope for a relationship which is ingrained into our every fiber of our beings by God, and it goes against the very nature of parenthood. There is only long suffering and for the weak of heart many end this agonizing pain with the absolute sin, that of suicide. The hatred which envelops a parent to rip the child away from an ex-spouse is child abuse, it is self serving as the aim is to make the parents life easier by not having to deal with the unwanted ex-spouse. It is supremely selfish and it is not of God and it boggles my mind why the courts allow this behavior, why they enable this behavior. In manny case the lawyers insight it, and the courts go along with it and the children suffer because of it. So in this case the child must try harder to make a mends, to stand up and be strong and fight to have that relationship which one parent has sought to destroy, and in to many cases children fail to do this because they do not have the life experience to understand nor comprehend what is going on in the first place. Instead the children internalize it, they become racked with guilt, and begin to believe the situation is their fault, and thus act harshly without wisdom, or common sense ending up doing more harm than good, which causes more guilt. As this situation is protracted by the court without fairness which is often the case, then the parent who is asked to sacrifice everything and left with nothing is in the end completely and utterly destroyed. Guilt in this belongs to the parent who cause this to happen, because they planned and executed it and the guilt is also upon the court for allowing it for in-sighting it, guilt is upon the lawyers who ushered in this destruction through their warped sense of justice, and in the end guilt of having this blood upon the hands of the guilty cannot be of God but that of Satan. I write about this in order to bring attention to the situations that millions of men and thier children are being subjected to through Parental Alienation, and we as Godly people cannot allow our courts to have such over arching power as to allow one parent absolute domination in a child’s life, because again this is child abuse!

GUILT vs. FORGIVENESS

7 “Let the wicked forsake their ways and the unrighteous their thoughts. Let them turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on them, and to our God, for he will freely pardon.” ~ Isaiah 55:7

Children forgive your parents, parents forgive your children, husbands pardon your wives, wives pardon your husbands. If you are at war with your brethren end it for it is unGodly, leave the wickedness behind and move into the mindset of God for your own sake! Love and be loved freely. This I say to you, for this is the only right path as you move forward within your walk with God. Never give into the lies of Satan who will attempt to convinced you that you are guilty even after God has forgiven you. Never become the slave to guilt which is so easily prevented by asking God to forgive you. Never walk away from your father who Loves you more than any one could, for it was He who granted you life, who is molding you into a better person,  and who send His only son so that you may be saved. God’s love is greater than your guilty heart, greater than your guilty conscience, even greater than your sin.

  17 “Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a  new creature: old things are past away; behold, all things have become new!” ~ 2 Corinthians 5:17

Amen

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