Guilt isn’t bondage. It’s a call to freedom!

Guilt isn’t bondage. Just the opposite. It shows you what’s holding you in bondage and is a guide to freedom.

Guilt is a product of your own behavior. It’s not caused by other people’s opinions of your behavior. It’s better to avoid guilt by not doing things that cause it, than to jump in the middle of it and hope it will go away.

If you’re not in any way responsible for something, if you had nothing to do with it, any guilt you feel about it is false. False guilt is best avoided.

When guilt is covered up, it doesn’t heal. To refuse to admit when you’re wrong and to refuse to make things right is to carry guilt unnecessarily. For every lie told, someone is guilty of falsifying the truth.

Guilt is a reminder to do better, a call to make things right. It’s not supposed to be an ongoing feeling of condemnation. To ignore feelings of guilt is like choosing to stay in bed thru a fire alarm. Guilt is best avoided, but if you have stepped into it, humbly asking for and receiving forgiveness is the way out.

When you do something that causes you to feel guilty, you make a problem worse. Trying to rationalize away guilt thru self-justification and shifting the blame to others is cowardly.

Guilt is a burglar alarm, alerting you that bad behavior is stealing your inner peace. Bad behavior and guilt are Siamese twins. Guilt will fade away if you stop doing what’s causing it.

The remedy for guilt isn’t denial. It’s forgiveness that comes thru apologizing, making any amends you can, and behaving better.

Like the lines on the high way, your conscience tries to keep you safe on life’s journey.

Avoid guilt. Always choose kindness instead of cruelty.

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About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I co-lead a non-traditional expression of the body of Christ in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia" that is available in Kindle & paperback @ http://amzn.to/2nCr5dP
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