Overcoming Guilt and Self-Pity
“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it” (Proverbs 4:23 NAS).
Guilt is the devil’s go-to, works-every-time weapon, with a little self-pity thrown in for good measure. Trouble often shoves us smack in the middle of a guilt cage with self-pity bars. We beat ourselves up with “coulda, shoulda, woulda” words. But there are two types of guilt—false guilt and real guilt. And to fight this battle effectively, we must learn to discern the difference.
Real guilt comes from God when you’ve truly done wrong. Our Lord’s purpose is to bring us to understand what we’ve done so the Spirit of God and His Word can help us comprehend, confess, and repent. God’s forgiveness leads us to restoration and a right relationship with our Father in Heaven.
False guilt comes from Satan whose goal is to destroy you, your family, and your faith in God. Remember, if you’re a believer your soul is secure. But Satan wants to convince you his lie is your truth. He can’t steal your salvation, but he can destroy whatever you allow him to access. And it all begins in your heart and in your mind.
“For as a man thinks in his heart, so is he” (Proverbs 23:7 NKJV).
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