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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 mind.

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 life around.

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 second opinion.


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 love.

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 emotions.


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.

Remember, if you want to have a heart and mind free from guilt, nobody can stop you.


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