Are You Still Feeling Guilty?
I want to tell you all a tale of two virtues- honor and guilt. (Yes, this story is about me.) When I was a Junior in High School, my family lived in Springfield, Missouri, and because I did not live far enough from the school, I could not ride the regular school bus. But, Springfield had a cooperation with the City Transit, and I could catch a city bus that would go to my school during a morning route, and then I would ride another city transit bus home. Each time I rode, either to school or back, I had to pay 45¢ … 90¢ per school day … or my mother could pay $10.00 for a monthly pass, which she did a time or two. Every two weeks my mother would get one roll of quarters and one roll of dimes. Every morning, I was to get two quarters and four dimes; but, what my mother did not know- she will know after she reads this -is that I took an additional two quarters twice a week so that I could buy a Coca-Cola from the vending machine at lunchtime. If I took more than just four extra quarters per week, my mother was sure to know that quarters were missing.
Honor versus Guilt
This guilt stayed with me for a long time. There was no honor in stealing quarters that were not mine to have.
This guilt was mine, but not from Elohim. This gift of guilt comes from Satan, the enemy of Elohim. If Satan can make me feel such guilt, he can keep me from doing the will of Abba, in Whose image I am made. And, once the guilt rears its ugly head, I fall under condemnation. I feel the weight, the sentence of the crime(s) I have committed (i.e.my sin(s)). And, where does the guilt lead me next?
Guilt fills me with remorse to realize and understand that what I did was truly wrong. Guilt tells me that I have to be responsible for my offense(s). My sin debt is huge. My sin debt is heavy. My sin debt is unforgivable. My sin debt is because I disobeyed.
But Elohim …
Forgiveness and Grace, No Condemnation, No Guilt
Yochanan (John) 3:16-17 says, “For Elohim so loved the world, that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life. For Elohim didn’t send His son into the world to judge the world, but that the world should be saved through Him.”
Yeshua ha-Meshiach did not die for my condemnation. Yeshua did not die that I might continue to carry the weight and guilt of my offenses. Yeshua died that I might be free from condemnation and guilt and have forgiveness and grace.
And, achi ve achoti (brothers and sisters), this same guilt-free and condemnation-free life can be yours as well. Yeshua ha-Meshiach did not die for your condemnation. Yeshua did not that you might continue to carry the weight and guilt of your offenses. Yeshua died that you might be free from condemnation and guilt and have forgiveness and grace.
Romans 8:1--”There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Yeshua ha-Meshiach, who don’t walk according to the flesh, but according to Ruach HaKodesh.”
Where Satan gives guilt, Elohim gives love.
Baruch Ata Adonai, Eloheinu, Melech ha-olam,
Asher natan lanu et derekh ha’yeshua
Blessed are You O LORD, our G_d, King of the universe,
Who gave to us the Way of salvation
Through the Messiah Yeshua.
Blessed be He.