A biblical perspective presupposes that God created man with a conscience and our conscience can and should be educated. Guilt is not a new problem. It is a result of sin or what we percieve to be sin. It is the consequences of wrong doing. It is the feeling of shame when we have done something wrong or failed to do right. It is one of the most active tools Satan uses to rob us if joy in our journey of life. What a burden to bear! What a heavy load to carry.
Unresolved guilt takes away our peace, our happiness, and our emotional stability. It was guilt that caused Adam and his wife to hide from God. It was guilt that caused David to say, “when I kept silence about my sin, my body wasted through groaning all day long'” psalm 32:3. It was guilt that caused Isaiah to cry out, “Woe is me for I am ruined! Because am a man of unclean lips. . . . ” (Isaiah 6:5).
When the Pharisees brought the woman caught in adultery, Jesus said, “He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her”. Jn 8:7. It was guilt that caused them to drop their stones and walk away. It was guilt that caused Judas to take his own life after he betrayed Jesus. Man has struggled with guilt from the beginning and our guilt continued to haunt us and burden us and make us weary of the journey.
The Bible teaches that there are two kinds of guilt:
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