I Feel Guilty

Guilt is a powerful emotion. It may feel like it’s eating at your stomach. That regret gets a foothold in your mind and seems like it won’t let go. At times, it’s almost unbearable. You try to avoid it and push it out, but it lingers and you just feel worse.

The problem is not your guilty feelings. Your guilt is kind of like a medical thermometer that tells you something is wrong. It’s a tool used to identify a problem. Guilt occurs when you have done something wrong and you need God’s forgiveness. No matter how much you hide or suppress your guilt feelings, you still are guilty of doing wrong and you need to deal with the cause.

God made this world so some things are morally right and other things are wrong. When we go against His rules for living, we are guilty of breaking His laws. God made us with a conscience so that when we do wrong, we know it and can sense it. This is one of many attributes that separate us from plants and animals.

Why did God make us so we would have feelings of guilt when we disobey Him? One reason is so we would realize we need Him. When you put your hand on a hot surface you immediately feel pain. God gave you the ability to experience that pain so you would move your hand and not hurt yourself.

Guilt is similar. It is a type of “pain” that God gives us when we sin. We realize what we are doing is not only wrong but it will hurt us. Its purpose is to drive us from sin and help us realize we need God.

Have you ever faced your own need for God? You need His forgiveness for your sins. This is why God sent His only Son, Jesus Christ. On the cross, Christ took upon Himself the burden you are now carrying—the burden of sin, guilt and shame. The Bible says, “He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed” (1 Peter 2:24).

There’s no greater joy than knowing your sins are forgiven and being released from your feelings of guilt.

Open your heart to Christ today.


Step 1 – God’s Purpose: Peace and Life

God loves you and wants you to experience peace and eternal life.

The Bible says:

"We have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ."
Romans 5:1

"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life."
John 3:16

"I [Jesus] have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly."
John 10:10

What keeps us from having the life God planned for us?

Step 2 – The Problem: Our Separation from God

God created us in His image. He gave us a will and the freedom of choice; we choose to disobey Him and go our own way—which is called sin. This separates us from God.

The Bible says:

"For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God."
Romans 3:23

"For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord."
Romans 6:23

Our choice to sin separates us from God. People have tried many ways to bridge this gap between themselves and God.

The Bible says:

"There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death."
Proverbs 14:12

"But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear."
Isaiah 59:2

No bridge reaches God... except one.

Step 3 – God’s Bridge: The Cross

Jesus Christ died on the cross and rose from the grave. When He did He paid the penalty for our sin and bridged the gap between us and God.

The Bible says:

"For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus."
1 Timothy 2:5

"For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God."
1 Peter 3:18

God has provided the only way back to Him. You must make a choice.

Step 4 – Our Response: Receive Christ

We must trust and receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.

The Bible says:

"Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God."
John 1:12

"If you declare with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord,' and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved."
Romans 10:9

Which side are you on? The side with Christ or without Him?

Here is how you can accept Christ into your life:

We suggest a prayer like this one:

"Dear God, I know I’m a sinner, and I ask for Your forgiveness. I believe Jesus Christ is Your Son. I believe that He died for my sin and that You raised Him to life. I want to trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord, from this day forward. Guide my life and help me to do Your will. I pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen."

Did you pray this prayer?

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