I’m absolutely convinced that nothing—nothing living or dead, angelic,
or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable—absolutely nothing can get between us and God’s love because of the
way that Jesus our Master has embraced us. Romans 8:34
Guilt: “A feeling that one is to blame for something.”
Grace: “God’s loving mercy toward mankind.”
(Oxford American Dictionary)
Somehow, the word “guilt” ends up floating on top of my Alphabet Soup more often than I’d like. I am certain God uses guilt to nudge me when I open my personal e-mail at the office or have to recycle a stack of documents printed upside down.
Guilt is a solo journey in which one packs his or her own bag. Here are a few questions to ask yourself to find out if guilt is worth the cost of the trip:
• Are you judging yourself too harshly?
• Is someone getting your bag out of the closet?
• Do you see a good reason for the guilt you are dragging around with you? (Have you offended, used, abused, or ignored someone?)
• Are you hanging around someone who is constantly leading you down the wrong path?
• Do you find yourself taking the same dead-end guilt road because it has become a habit?
No matter how hard we try to live a sinless life, we will fail. We can thank guilt for being a friend and be even more grateful for its twin, grace.
Dear Lord, may I live a healthy balance between guilt and grace,