What Good Is Guilt?
Additional Scripture Readings: Psalm 38; 2 Corinthians 7:10
Are there days when you feel like a failure at everything you do? Your tongue lashes out in cruelty at the very children you love. You lose patience with co-workers. The envy you’ve fought so hard to control gets the best of you, and your heart actually fills with hatred toward a neighbor.
When God shines the light of his Word down on our inconsistent blunders, we cower in its brightness and dart away to find cover. Ooooh! It’s so hard to face up to our errors as guilt points its accusing finger.
What good is guilt? It actually opens the door to healing. We have to see—really see—our sinfulness in order to receive God’s grace. We who deeply desire righteousness must turn our faces full into the light of God’s perfection. There we can see our sin and our need for his grace. And in that brightness we can see the love on God’s face and his desire to restore us to him.