280 NO ESCAPING THE GUILT.
1John 3:5 And ye know that he was manifested to
take away our sins; and in him is no sin.
God asked Jesus
to die on the cross to take away the sins of those who would ask for His
forgiveness. So, our sins are gone but what about our guilt?
After an action
is done it is imposable to undo. All history is a physical reality that will
live on in the thoughts, lives and actions of those involved and their
descendents. It will also spread because the influence on those involved will affect
their attitudes when they deal with others.
A sin is like a
rock that is dropped into a still pond of water. The ripple will keep on going
until it runs out of water to travel through, no matter how small it gets. The
rock will also sit on the bottom of the pond and tell everyone that it was
dropped in the water, just by its physical presence there.
Just like a sin,
when it is acted upon, will remain in the mind of the sinner and continue to
grow and influence them and everyone they come in contact with. The physical
action stays done no matter how hard one tries to hide or deny it.
1Corinthians 5:6 Your glorying is not
good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump?
Matthew 16:11How is it that ye do not
understand that I spake it not to you concerning bread, that ye should
beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees?
Matthew 16:12Then understood they how
that he bade them not beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine
of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.
Sin, acted on,
will reach out and hurt those we love and wish to protect because we are their
teachers and close companions.
Numbers 14:18 The LORD is longsuffering,
and of great mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression, and by no means
clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the
children unto the third and fourth generation.
Even sin just
thought about and lusted after internally will come out in our speech and
Matthew 5:28But I say unto you, That
whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her
already in his heart.
I think we have
all seen a man stand and stare after a sexually provocative woman. They are not
hiding their thoughts from anyone and you know not to trust them around your
wife or daughter.
1John 2:12I write unto you, little
children, because your sins are forgiven you for his name's sake.
So, God, through
our faith in His son, Jesus, has forgiven our sins; what about our guilt? The
actions are still there, in our minds, and keep popping up every now and again
to embarrass us. The action cannot be undone or our memory erased; why does God
allow them to continue on?
Nebuchadnezzar? He built up a huge kingdom by God’s help and then tried to
claim that he did it himself. Pride took over his mind but God made him like an
animal to humble him and bring him back to reality.
Daniel 4:25 That they shall drive thee from men,
and thy dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field, and they shall make
thee to eat grass as oxen, and they shall wet thee with the dew of heaven, and
seven times shall pass over thee, till thou know that the most High ruleth in
the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will.
Daniel 4:34 And at the end of the days I
Nebuchadnezzar lifted up mine eyes unto heaven, and mine understanding returned
unto me, and I blessed the most High, and I praised and honoured him that
liveth for ever, whose dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his
kingdom is from generation to generation:
Daniel 4:37Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise
and extol and honour the King of heaven, all whose works are truth, and
his ways judgment: and those that walk in pride he is able to abase.
When pride comes
in and we are taken over by it, God will allow us to remember our sins and the
forgiveness that He bestowed on us to bring us back to a meek and right spirit.
Matthew 27:3 Then Judas, which had betrayed him,
when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the
thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders,
Matthew 27:4 Saying, I have sinned in that I have
betrayed the innocent blood. And they said, What is that to us? see thou
Matthew 27:5 And he cast down the pieces of
silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself.
Matthew 26:75 And Peter remembered the word of
Jesus, which said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice.
And he went out, and wept bitterly.
Both Judas and
Peter failed Jesus but Judas could not live with his guilt and killed himself.
Peter repented and returned to serve Jesus and we all know how powerfully God
was able to use him.
Your guilt will
remain in your mind as long as you live but don’t try to forget or ignore it.
Instead, thank God that He can bring it back when He needs to, to keep you
remembering who you are and what He has done for you.
Then don’t be
surprised when, after you have cried anew, the great things He will do with
you. We all could use a little humbling once in a while and God is faithful to
keep us in our proper place.
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