How many times are we motivated and/or driven by guilt?
Guilt is the most motivating factor for people to do good.
We need to identify true guilt and false guilt.
True guilt leads to repentance.
False guilt is lack of self-acceptance and believe not accepted by God.
Luke 3:7-9 (KJV)
Then said he to the multitude that came forth to be baptized of him, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance, and begin not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, That God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham. And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: every tree therefore which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
Luke 5:31-32 (KJV)
And Jesus answering said unto them, They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
2 Corinthians 7:9-11 (KJV)
Now I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance: for ye were made sorry after a godly manner, that ye might receive damage by us in nothing. For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death. For behold this selfsame thing, that ye sorrowed after a godly sort, what carefulness it wrought in you, yea, what clearing of yourselves, yea, what indignation, yea, what fear, yea, what vehement desire, yea, what zeal, yea, what revenge! In all things ye have approved yourselves to be clear in this matter.
Inspiration On: Wednesday, 20 March 2013 at 8:50pm
Inspiration Ends On: Thursday, 21 March 2013 at 12:16pm
Oxford advanced learner’s dictionary explains guilt very clearly. Guilt is the unhappy feelings caused by knowing or thinking that you have something wrong. Focus on Family explains the differences between true and false guilt. Their articles can be found http://www.focusonthefamily.com/lifechallenges/emotional_health/living_without_constant_guilt/healthy_guilt_vs_false_and_harmful_guilt.aspx and at http://www.focusonthefamily.com/lifechallenges/emotional_health/living_without_constant_guilt/the_origins_of_false_guilt.aspx.