Uncontrolled Guilt Can Be Used by the Devil to Destroy Us

FOOD FOR THE SOUL

Proverbs 13:1-25

RHEMA

Proverbs 13:24 He who spares his rod hates his son, But he who loves him disciplines him promptly.

Japan is listed as a country with the highest number of suicides in the world. In 2014, there are 70 people a day who decide to end their life by committing suicide. Wataru Nishida, a psychologist from Temple University, Tokyo, said that Japan has a seppuku tradition, which is suicide as an honor. The samurai did, as did the fighter pilots of World War II. It all seems to be the reason why Japan seems to easily decide to commit suicide. Recently the reasons for suicide have been more about economic and social matters, loneliness and depression, feelings of rejection, and guilt. It is this pressure of life that makes Japanese people choose to commit suicide. Nishida also says that the absence of correct religious teachings also has a strong influence. Suicide is considered not a sin, but a form of responsibility.

Judas Iscariot felt a sense of uncontrollable guilt, and he felt so sorry. He even bravely confessed before the priests that he had sinned by giving up the innocent Jesus. But he chose the wrong way to admit his mistake. The devil used his mistake to intimidate him. And when that endless feeling of regret blinded his eyes and common sense, Judas chose in despair to end his life.

Each of us must have a story from the past that makes us regret it to this day. There is a feeling of guilt that makes us uncomfortable. Guilt is good as long as it is just the right level where the Holy Spirit rebukes us. But on the other hand, don’t let this guilt blow up by the devil to intimidate us, make us even more depressed, unable to sleep peacefully, losing joy and enthusiasm in this life. God doesn’t want us to hurt ourselves or lament over our mistakes. If you have ever made a mistake, repent immediately. Be changed and fight to fix life for the better. That is what God wants. Continue to stay connected with God, rely on God, and do His words, then God will help. God will surely restore. Our hearts will be freed from feelings of guilt, replaced by relief and peace. Total healing takes place and we will truly experience God’s great Year of Glory.

REFLECTION

Guilt is used by the Holy Spirit to rebuke us, but uncontrollable guilt can be used by the devil to DESTROY.

APPLICATIONS

1. Do you have any guilt that still presses on you today?
2. Did the devil take advantage of your guilt?
3. What must you do to free yourself from uncontrollable guilt?

PRAYER

“Father, forgive us who are still lamenting our past mistakes and do not realize that the power of Your blood has redeemed and set us free. We want to rise up and strive to improve ourselves, so that we may receive grace and grace from you. Thank you, Father, in the name of the Lord Jesus we pray. Amen.”