by Dr. Charles Stanley
Monday July 12, 2004
InTouch Early Light Devotional
The Struggle With Guilt
Guilt leads to all sorts of mind games. Have you ever been honestly surprised at some of the thoughts running through your mind during times of intense regret? Let's take a quick look at some results of this dangerous "game."
First, guilt has the potential to shake our faith. We may marvel at our deplorable behavior and think, There's no way I can really be forgiven - God can't still love me after I acted this way.
Second, guilt breeds fear - fear of discovery and consequences, to name a couple. The Devil wants you to keep looking over your shoulder; that way, you can't keep your eyes on where you're going!
Third, guilt leads to the desire for punishment. We may begin to isolate ourselves or drive people away because we feel unworthy of their love. This is another satanic trap. Just as in war, a soldier standing alone is an easy target for the Enemy.
Fourth, guilt causes immense insecurity. A guilty conscience naturally results in thinking, I'm not good enough. If I were a better Christian, I wouldn't have done that. No wonder nobody likes me.
If you are struggling with the issue of guilt, I pray that you will leave your remorse where you're standing and affirm these three things: I am special. I am loved. I am forgiven. Say them out loud as a prayer of praise to God: Say them repeatedly, letting the words sink into your consciousness.
Jesus wants you to be an active soldier for Him. Do not let the Enemy take you out of the battle.
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