The accuser of our brothers, who accused them before our God day and night, has been hurled down.
Guilt can be a good thing, but only if it brings you to change. Excessive guilt is often underlying depression and a myriad of issues that bring us down and hold us hostage to our own past. Are you suffering from a constant voice in your ear, condemning you for your past behaviors or circumstances? If so, let's look at the difference between condemnation and conviction.
Conviction comes from the Holy Spirit and condemnation comes from Satan. Who would you like to agree with? Strange question, but that is exactly what we do when we believe the accuser as he whispers in our ear.
Conviction vs condemnation
Conviction is developed through dealing truthfully with the facts.
Condemnation is fueled by feelings.
Conviction is being remorseful for our sins to the point of change.
Condemnation is being remorseful for our sins, but instead of changing, we hide under a layer of guilt and shame.
Conviction will lead us to restitution or reconciliation.
Condemnation will lead us to alienation from people and from God.
Conviction leads to cleansing and freedom.
Condemnation leads to bondage.
Conviction will result in godly sorrow, which leads to repentance
Condemnation will result in worldly grief, which leads to dead.
Conviction leads to joy.
Condemnation leads to depression.
Conviction leads you to forgiveness.
Condemnation leads to blame and justification.
How to Properly Deal with Guilt
1. Find the source of your guilt.
2. Own the responsibility for the actions behind the guilt.
3. Make restitution when necessary.
4. Choose to forgive instead of blame or justify.
5. Decide to stop dwelling on the past.
6. Confession: find a trustworthy, individual, preferably a pastor or leader, and simply confess the sinful act.
7. Turn from the sinful behavior.
8. Invest in the renewing of your mind through daily Bible study and prayer.
Forget the former things: do not dwell on the past. Is 43:18
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. I John 1:9
Dear Heavenly Father,
Help me today, to overcome this guilt I have carried. I choose today, to turn from my sins. I choose today, to make things right to the best of my ability. Forgive me Father and I choose to forgive those who have disappointed me. Thank you for giving your Son, to cover my sins, so that I can walk in freedom and wholeness. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.