TOLERANCE TO NEGATIVE THINKING
TEST GUILT WITH A WATCH AND CALCULATOR
Healthy guilt is time-limited
and proportional to the offense. When you break the laws that
govern the moral universe, you should feel guilty. God put the
capacity for guilt in your heart as an alarm to prevent you from
making tragic mistakes. God designed guilt to help you stay on
course as you move in the direction of your dreams. He didnít
mean for guilt to be an instrument of self-destruction.
Guilt is unhealthy when itís
not time-limited and itís out of proportion to the magnitude of
the offense. Depression often has a strong component of guilt.
People who feel guilty need to look at their watch and get out
their calculator to see if their guilt passes the test. If they
have an all-pervading sense of guilt that goes on endlessly,
their guilt is unhealthy. If they stub their toe on moral
molehills and end up with a mountain of guilt, then their guilt
is clearly out of proportion to their offenses. They need to
have professional help to restore wholeness to their heart and
People overwhelmed by guilt
need the assistance of competent counselors who can help them
regain a positive perspective and put guilt in its proper
place. Guilty people often try to treat themselves, and too
often, they fail in their attempt at self-help. Guilt is a
condition that truly benefits from a second opinion by an
objective third party. Good physicians get second opinions all
the time, and they are glad to get them. If you are having a
problem with guilt, a second opinion will probably turn your
Whenever you feel guilty, your
watch and calculator can be your best friends. If your guilt
doesnít pass the watch and calculator test, itís time for a
JESUS DID NOT PILE ON GUILT
Religious authorities sometimes
use guilt to manipulate people. They create an atmosphere in
which over-scrupulous victims are made to feel guilty for every
mistake they have ever made. Unfortunately, the wrong people
are being burdened with a sense of guilt they donít deserve.
Furthermore, the people who should feel guilty seem totally
immune to this type of manipulation. This strategy takes aim on
the guilty, but hits the innocent right between the eyes. It
harms more people than it helps, and it reflects poorly on those
who practice it. Jesus didnít pile on guilt, and you shouldnít
do it either. You will only hurt yourself and the people you
Jesus used guilt sparingly,
except when he was dealing with religious authorities who were
ensnared in self-righteousness. These religious know-it-alls
thought they had everything figured out, and if you didnít agree
with them, they didnít hesitate to tell you that you were
wrong. They were the God Squad, addicted to the law, and they
had a compulsive need to be right. Their religion was an
ostentatious display of self-righteousness. Jesus didnít cut
them any slack. He made it clear that the focus of their life
was wrong. Jesus wouldnít allow these spiritual bean counters
to get away with their hypocrisy. He hit them right between the
eyes with a major dose of truth, but the record shows most of
the time it had little positive effect. These meticulously
self-righteous people rarely felt guilt. Why should they?
After all, they were perfect.
You will never see a guilty
person made better by heaping more guilt upon their head.
Piling on guilt only results in more spiritual and emotional
damage. Guilty people need love, and they need power to
overcome the problem that caused their guilt in the first
place. They need to experience the power of Godís love so it
can wash the guilt from their mind and heal their damaged
HOW TO ERADICATE GUILT
Navigating through a wasteland
of guilt can be tough if you try to do it on your own. Without
Godís help, Guilt Unleashes Incredibly Limiting
Thoughts. If you are alive spiritually and God is your
Father, guilt no longer casts its long shadow on your life. The
acronym for guilt changes to God Unleashes Incredible
Love Today. Godís love is the antidote for
guilt. When Godís incredible love rolls through your heart and
mind, it washes guilt away. God not only forgives, He forgets.
He not only wipes the slate clean, He throws the slate away.
Usually, you feel guilty for
one of two reasons. Either you have violated the laws of the
moral universe, and you should feel guilty, or the guilt
reflects the twisted thinking associated with depression, and
the guilt is inappropriate because you have done nothing wrong.
In either case, Godís love is the cure. If you have done
something wrong, Godís love and forgiveness can take care of
it. If you are suffering from the twisted thinking associated
with depression, Godís love can straighten out your thoughts.
The most powerful force in the
universe is Godís love. Nothing is more effective at
eradicating guilt and transforming lives in a positive
direction. God loves and accepts you as you are, but he loves
you too much to let you stay that way. Nothing is too hard for
Godís love. He is the Great Physician and healing broken hearts
is his specialty.
If you have a problem with
guilt, open your heart to Godís love. You have nothing to lose
except an old life dominated by guilt. Thereís no limit to how
good your life can become when your heart is full of Godís love.
if you want to have a heart and mind free from guilt, nobody can
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