Summary: Once again we are going to ask three questions on different subjects and seek to answer those questions from a Scriptural context.
Short Answers to Common Questions 4
1. Some problems have no solutions. One blogger writes, “Today, my roommate confided in me that she hadn't been taking showers while at school because she was afraid of being in the shower when the fire alarm goes off. She goes home once every month, and will only shower there. I have to live with her for the rest of the year.”
2. How can you fix that? But other questions have answers, and we are enjoying discussing those answers. Well, at least I am.
Main Idea: Once again we are going to ask three questions on different subjects and seek to answer those questions from a Scriptural context.
I. I have confessed my sins to God, but why do I still feel GUILTY?
A. The difference between OBJECTIVE guilt and subjective guilt
1. Sometimes we are guilty and sometimes we feel guilty — may not be same
2. Some people feel guilty because they cheated on their diet, and some people don’t feel guilty about cheating on their spouse.
3. Objective guilt is based upon violating God’s Word.
4. Not all guilt is easy to define, there can be gray area involved
• We do things that unintentionally hurt others, and we feel guilty for that.
• Sometimes it might be due to neglect, but the neglect had amplified consequences…. Example, forget turn signal and get in an accident
• Sometimes it might just be something that we could not help… accidental death or injury to another…. Sliding on ice while not speeding.
B. There are at least FOUR possible reasons why we might feel guilty, even though we have repented and confessed our sin.
1. DOUBT: we must count on the truth of God’s Word (I John 1:9).
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” I John 1:9
If we have sinned against another person, we apologize or do what we can to make restitution for our wrong.
2. SATAN is the accuser and seeks to cripple believers with guilt.
Revelation 12:1-10, “And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ have come, for the accuser of our brothers has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God.” [This is a midrash of Zechariah 3:1-10].
Romans 8:33-34, “Who shall bring any charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.
3. PRIDE: we hold ourselves to a higher standard than we hold others.
4. FEAR: we are afraid by feeling forgiven, we are giving permission to ourselves to sin again.
Application: If we confessed our sin, took responsibility, made what restitution we could, then we need to accept by faith that we are forgiven. When tempted to be strapped by guilt, we must look and the cross & need to say, “Get behind me, Satan.”