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  • Michael Harmon: Two sides of guilt

  • One of the hardest things to get over in this life is guilt.
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  • One of the hardest things to get over in this life is guilt.
    There are however, two sides of guilt. There is first, what is called false-guilt. False-guilt is a feeling of uneasiness, although the person has done nothing wrong. This is another way of Satan playing games with our emotional state.
    The second is true-guilt. True-guilt is the emotional state of feeling guilty because we have tried to cheat life in some form or fashion. This results in feeling guilty and rightfully so.
    Consider two examples from the Bible to further explain guilt in our lives. The first example is King David. David made a mess of his life and the lives of others when he tried to cheat life by having an illicit affair with a married woman. The mess that David brought forth uncontrollable grief and regret, and a life consumed with guilt.
    "...blot out my transgressions....wash me thoroughly....cleanse me from my sin...blot out all my iniquities." (Psalm 51:1, 2, 9).
    David's life could be summed up in one word - Guilty! However, David made his life right with God:
    "...create in me a clean heart...renew a steadfast spirit within me...restore to me the joy of Thy salvation." (Psalm 51:10, 11, 12).
    The second example is a person seeking truth and upon finding the truth obeys such commands; thus finding a good conscience.
    "...baptism now saves you - not the removal of dirt from the flesh, but an appeal to God for a good conscience - through the resurrection of Jesus Christ." (1 Peter 3: 21).
    The example of David is that of true-guilt. The second is that of not guilt, but a good conscience towards God.
    Michael Harmon is the minister of the Augusta Church of Christ. michael@augcoc.kscoxmail.com

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