Sometimes the thoughts and writings of those who have explored our faith more deeply are helpful in understanding our faith better. We come from the Reformed tradition and there are three “G’s” which help define more accurately what we believe.
The first one is ‘Guilt.” This is not a very popular word in this day and age, but it is important if we are to grow in our faith. We need to acknowledge that sometimes we don’t do what we should and we do do what we shouldn’t. We believe there is right and wrong in this world and when we aren’t doing what is right we are sinning and when we acknowledge that we often feel badly or guilty.
Once the deed is done or the word is said we can’t take it back, but we believe if we confess this sin we can be forgiven. This is how Guilt is helpful. Guilt tells us we need to make that confession and we need to try to do what is right.
Guilt is not the best motivator for action, but it can be helpful for us to get back on the right path. It is better not to have done what is wrong in the first place. At this juncture I don’t what to discuss false guilt versus true guilt, but I do want us to acknowledge those things which we know should cause us guilt and deal with them. It is not helpful for us to ignore them for they will just fester.
This is what is so wonderful about our faith. If we ask God to forgive us and ask others whom we have hurt because of our sin, then we can start over and we can be free from our guilt. We can seek to get back on the path and continue to be the person God has called us to be.
Guilt helps us get right with God and this will not only benefit us, but all those around us. I am thankful for guilt and look forward to the day we all guilt is gone.