One of my favorite things that I get to do from time to time is to speak to groups of students. Today, my friend Aaron and I made a trip north to the tiny town of Marshall, AR to speak at a church. It was, in a word, awesome.
I spoke about guilt. Why? Because it’s something we all struggle with.
But if I have learned anything at all on my journey with God; its this…
Guilt is banished by love and truth; Fear-of-God deflects evil. (Proverbs 16:6 MSG)
God’s love is amazing. We all have done things we are guilty of. We carry that guilt around. Many of us have had things done to us we had no control over, and often we carry guilt around for those as well.
Guilt is dangerous. It’s like a slow fire that burns and burns until one day there is nothing left. Guilt is disastrous. However, guilt can be banished.
If guilt is a fire that burns. Love is an action that walks into the flames. Jesus is that love. He comes into the middle of our guilt and stands in the gap.
Jesus is also our truth. He said it himself…
I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the father except by me. (John 14:6 NIV)
If guilt is a fire that burns, and love runs into the flames, truth overcomes the fire itself.
The facts are in. Guilt comes via sin. Commission and omission. Sometimes given, sometimes received. The wages of sin really are death. But the truth of Jesus Christ is bigger than the fact of death.
Guilt is a fire. It burns. It can ruin you. And if you don’t fill your life with the love and truth of Christ—it will. Give it all to him. He can handle it. He’s awesome like that.
You can’t stand in the fire and be angry at the flames.
Get rid of guilt. Get it gone. Pronto. Step in and step up to the good life God’s got for you. It’s bigger and better than your bad day.