Crosswalk.com aims to offer the most compelling biblically-based content to Christians on their walk with Jesus. Crosswalk.com is your online destination for all areas of Christian Living – faith, family, fun, and community. Each category is further divided into areas important to you and your Christian faith including Bible study, daily devotions, marriage, parenting, movie reviews, music, news, and more.

Intersection of Life and Faith

<< In Touch with Dr. Charles Stanley

In Touch - Oct. 26, 2009

  • 2009 Oct 26
  • COMMENTS

October 26
The Struggle With Guilt 

1 John 1:5-9

During a vacation several years ago, I found myself struggling to relax. Instead, condemnation afflicted me: Why aren't you studying more? Shouldn't you be witnessing and not sitting? Guilt crept into my mind and kept me from enjoying life.

There are two types of guilt: biblical and false. The first originates with the violation of a scriptural law. This is not a feeling but a reality: we have sinned and should repent. The second, which includes feeling guilty after confessing a sin, is not based in truth or supported by the Word. God has forgiven us, so there is no need to linger in shame.

People struggle with false guilt for many reasons. Legalistic teaching, for example, presents life as a series of rules that can never be followed to the letter; its adherents often feel bad about themselves. Next, self-reproach can derive from abuse or verbal putdowns during childhood. Another cause is perfectionism—high expectations that one is incapable of attaining can flood a person with self-condemnation. And finally, low self-esteem has the same result.          

Satan uses this false sense of shame to paralyze us. Inevitably, guilt leads to doubt about God's love and salvation, which paves the way for fear, insecurity, and inability to enjoy life. It can also open the door for physical symptoms like depression.

The Lord wants us to live free from guilt. If you experience shame, ask Him to help you trace its cause. Then affirm these truths: You are special (made in God's image and redeemed by Him), loved by the Creator of the universe, and forgiven. Reject—in the name of Jesus—any false shame you have. 

For more biblical teaching and resources from Dr. Charles Stanley, please visit www.intouch.org.

Click here to watch Dr. Charles Stanley & In Touch Ministries Video Online
and
click here to listen to Dr. Stanley at OnePlace.com.

FEATURED RESOURCE

The NASB Life Principles Bible

You can now read the Scriptures in Dr. Stanley's favorite teaching translation -- the New American Standard -- while learning the 30 Life Principles that have guided him for more than 50 years. The new NASB Life Principles Bible will enhance your personal study time through explanation of key passages, plus helpful resources like "Answers to Life's Questions," concordance, maps, and much more. Available in leather and hardcover. 

 

Used with permission from In Touch Ministries, Inc. © 2009 All Rights Reserved.

Archives

Follow Crosswalk.com