John 3:16 “This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. John 3:16,17
We all walk the painful path of sin–can’t be helped because of our dear faith cousins, Adam and Eve. In the scripture for today, Jesus is telling the purpose for his assignment on Earth: to help put the world right. In doing so, he does not dwell on the sin, but the person. God wanted all people to be free from the pressure of guilt and release them from the punishment of eternal condemnation.
As sinful people, we must walk through the valley of guilt to recognize how our sin affects everyone–including oneself. WikiHow.com reports that among the many behavioral characteristics of a psychopath is the lack of feeling guilty. I can rule out that diagnosis because guilt drives much of my life–even to the point of stepping on a bug and regretting how I may have destroyed another insect’s next meal.
Guilt is a friend. It keeps us from becoming our own god And because of Jesus, tomorrow always begins fresh, and with no sin.
Dear Lord, help me live with guilt and then forgive myself as you forgive us. Amen.