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Overcoming Guilt

Yesterday at a prayer meeting we were discussing guilt!!! If you want to be free of guilt I urge you to study this scripture. Romans 4:8 "Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin." Believing this scripture will set you free of guilt. What do you think?

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Another great scripture for this is Psalm 103:10

"He has not dealt with us according to our sins, Nor punished us according to our iniquities".
---Mark_Eaton on 7/8/09

"Guilt" is satan's way of making the Christian ineffective. God will convict a person of sin, and if a person repents, ask God's forgiveness, (and if possible or needed, the person sinned against), a person has God forgiveness and is released from any guilt. But, if a person still feels guilty, that's satan not God.
---wivv on 7/8/09

Having just completed a weeklong study of justification I have learned many things. But perhaps the most important thing I learned is this, God does not state facts what God states is a fact. That little mind twister is something to think about. As a Christian what do you think of your justification from God?
---mima on 7/7/09

The scripture that got me free from GUILT is this one:

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, for the law of the Spirit of Life has set us free from the Law of Sin and Death.
---anon on 7/2/09

theres a bottom line to life which Paul stated in 2nd timothy 4/7 I HAVE FOUGHT THE GOOD FIGHT,I HAVE FINISHED MY COURSE,I HAVE KEPT THE so at the end of your life you can make this statement as Paul did.
---tom2 on 7/1/09

You must remember always that God is holy,that jesus is holy.That jesus came and died for you that you too may be,or live holy.Now as a human being living in the flesh we all will have thoughts of unworthyness,and guilt,this is natural,but we are bought and paid for as believers,we are overcomers thru christ,even if at times we think we arent.Jesus died once for all,jesus defeated sin and death(spiritual death)so at times as a believer even when we dont realize it we are still winners,covered by our lord,no matter what our minds tell us.
---tom2 on 7/1/09

In the spirit through jesus we are,and can overcome everything. The problem is not allowing the flesh to get in the way.
---tom2 on 6/30/09

Guilt is an emotion from which the Believer has been freed. The Believer's guilt is the chief reason for Christ been crucified. Therefore, after Christ has paid the penalty of the Believer's guilt, what need is there for the Believer to still feel guilt? NONE!

Romans 5: 8 - 10 Provides the relevant details of the sacrifice for guilt and points out the benefits to the Believer.
---Janze on 6/29/09

mima, guilt is a human emotion. It is a good thing because it helps the holy spirit to convict us.But Iam sure you realize that when Christ died for our sins,all our guilt was taken away by him.Though we may FEEL GUILTY we as believers are DEFINITELY NOT GUILTY. Jesus said,THOSE THE SON SET FREE ARE FREE INDEED.Now whether you believe that or not as a believer you are NOT GUILTY.When God says your forgiven ,you are forgiven.
---tom2 on 6/28/09

believers need to realize,or should I dare say BELIEVE that the BIBLE is the LIVING WORD,that it stirs the spirit,and helps strengthen our faith,that only through the word can our spirit thriugh the word (which is actually jesus)allow us to commune with God and enable us to be followers of christ. Jeus said those who would follow me will keep my commands,these are written down in the bible,aka THE WORD.
---tom2 on 6/28/09

The bible is not just a book with words written within to be interupted as anyone sees fit,and as so many so called believers do.But is THE LIVING WORD,OR SPIRIT OF GOD for communicating to believers. Many seek signs and wonders,and they do exist,but so many more dont ever realize that they have acces to God through the bible. Every page is God talking to us,every command is God telling us what we are to do,how to live,what to believe,and is THE FOOD FOR OUR SPIRITS.Just as our bodfies eed nourishment,so we eat,our spirits need the word,to be strong,healthy,and vibrant.Just as with the flesh,YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT,our spirits ARE WHAT YOU READ,AND BELIEVE.
---tom2 on 6/28/09

"Believing this scripture will set you free of guilt. What do you think?" Yes.

'If' combined with the following "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." For "He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh [them] shall have mercy. That He might sanctify and cleanse [His called out ones] with the washing of water by the word." Recognizing first and foremost that it is "(not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, [that delivers and heals] but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ:"
1Jo 1:9>Pro 28:1>Eph 5:26>1Pe 3:21
---josef on 6/28/09

Hi, great point Donna--about how amends don't necessarily take away the pain for the victim of the offender. I have forgiven the man who strangled me in high school--but to this day, touching the front of my throat will bring anxiety to varying degrees, even if it's just affection from my wonderful boyfriend, as I recently discovered. It may be a lifelong scar. Still, I have forgiven him--he was a sick puppy and I wish him God's best now. :)
---Mary on 6/28/09

Donna, making amends is more than saying "I'm sorry." It involves all we can do to restore the relationship. If it is at all possible, we should always try to do that.
---eric1968 on 6/27/09

Under old testament law, there were many things that were officially listed as "sins", but Jesus wants us to repent of ALL wrongdoing that we cause and that hurts other people.

Whenever we are unjust and cause pain and suffering for the other person involved (VICTIM), we cannot REPENT unless we feel a TECHNICAL "guilt" by realizing that we are RESPONSIBLE for the consequences they are suffering, but in the long run, Jesus wants us to feel SORROW, not "guilt".

As long as "repentance" is realized, "guilt" and "shame"/blame produce nothing that is OF GOD (no useful purpose).

Our "human" understandings of what is Godly are often shortsighted.
---more_excellent_way on 6/27/09

>>When we harm another person, we need to make amends to him. That is a sure cure for guilt.<<

IF we can make amends it is a sure cure for guilt. But seldon can amends actually be made. An apology doesn't cause an injured person to forget the cruel remarks, even if they are able to forgive. Broken trust is almost impossible to restore, even if the relationship remains amicable.

No matter how contrite the offender, they may never be able to fully "un-do" what they have done.

Romans 4:8 "Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin." may ease our sense of guilt before God. But it does not help a sense of interpersonal guilt.
---Donna66 on 6/26/09

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When we harm another person, we need to make amends to him. That is a sure cure for guilt.
---eric1968 on 6/26/09

Mima for some folks who need to FEEL justified it'll never be enough, they want the yoke of the law to satisfy their wicked desire to be as God, and they shall have it AND their reward now from every one they deceive and lead to Hell.
---Pharisee on 6/26/09

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