Everybody feels guilty sometimes, whether or not for a good reason. No one likes this situation. Where does this feeling of guilt come from?
The four sources of guilt
The first source is God himself.
The Ten Commandments show how fallible we
humans are – Jesus is the only way to God.
When we have chosen to receive Jesus, we are free from all guilt.
Those who do not believe in Jesus are still subject to the law of the Ten Commandments.
Satan is the second source.
In John 10:10 it says: “The thief cometh not but for to steal, and to kill and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”
The Devil tempts Christians and non-Christians to sin. Afterwards he denounces us. When we sin, we more or less open a door to the Devil. He comes into our lives and exploits our weaknesses to bring death and guilt.
But Jesus has taken our guilt on himself. We can proclaim this and thank God for it. We can ask him to help change us.
Satan knows the Bible extremely well and can even talk us into a bad conscience in spiritual realms: that we have to pray more, for example, attend church more often or tithe. But God has already saved us, without any help from us.
The third source are the laws and rules of our local institutions.
If we violate these, God will not damn us.
When we contravene the law we cannot explain to the police that Jesus has already taken on our guilt. God wants us to obey our laws.
Our conscience is the fourth source of guilt.
The conscience is part of our soul, an intuitive pointing of the way.
We should not ignore it. Sometimes it is over-sensitive or not sensitive at all.
Putting our feelings of guilt into words
We have to face up to our feelings of guilt. By putting it into words it is no longer just a feeling.
It becomes tangible and then we can put it aside.
God does not damn us for mistakes. But they do have consequences.
He corrects us through his Word and heals us. Job 5:17,18: “Behold, happy is the man God correcteth: therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty: For he maketh sore, and bindeth up: he woundeth, and his hands make whole.”