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How exactly should we handle our guilt?

Posted: Tuesday, May 1

Pastor Armin Colón // International Pastor

Pastor Armin Colón // International Pastor

One Year Bible Reading Guide

Judges 8:18-9:21
Luke 23:44-24:12
Psalm 99:1-9
Proverbs 14:9-10

Verse of the day:  

Fools make fun of guilt, but the godly acknowledge it and seek reconciliation. (Proverbs 14:9, NLT)

Admitting that we’ve done something wrong is never easy. Yet, when we admit our guilt, our lives improve. You see, guilt helps us to know when we’ve done something wrong. It assists us to develop a better sense of our behavior and how it affects ourselves and others. Also, it empowers us to re-examine our behavior so that we don’t end up making the same mistake twice.

Why, then, is it so hard to admit we’re guilty? Guilt causes a conflict in us when we behave in a way that is different than who we thought we were. This conflict challenges our identity.

For example, you thought you were respectful. But, it a tense meeting at work you insulted your boss. There is a conflict between who you thought you were and your actions.

When faced with this internal conflict, we either justify the mistake or apologize for being wrong (which is unpleasant). Guess which alternative we tend to choose.

If we refuse to admit our guilt, we jeopardize the trust on which the important relationships in our lives are based on and we become less open to constructive criticism, thus hindering our growth.

This is why Proverbs 14:9 encourages us to acknowledge our guilt and to seek reconciliation. Righteous people work at keeping the goodwill of the community, but fools do not make amends for their guilt.

How exactly should we handle our guilt?

1.           Acknowledge that what we did was wrong.

2.           Ask for forgiveness to all parties involved.

3.           Make amends or changes sooner rather than later.

4.           Learn from the experience and strive not to do it again.