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What I'm Learning About ... Guilt

Self-imposed guilt can make you feel like a failure—but the truth of God's Word can give you confidence to live in God's love and grace.

Guilt. Shame. Regret. Even the sound of those words are cringe-worthy and disappointing. So many Christian women live stuck under the weight of guilt. And while genuine guilt serves an important purpose in drawing us back to God, too often we seek forgiveness and then continue to carry the burden of shame. We asked several church leaders to share about their experiences with guilt and how they were able to get out from under its weight. Here's what they shared.

Change is all about measuring yourself against a standard, being dissatisfied with where you are because you see that you have fallen short of the standard, and seeking the grace to close the gap from where you are to where you need to be. James likened the Word of God to a mirror (James 1:22-25) into which we can look and see ourselves as we actually are.

It is impossible to overstate how important this is. Accurate diagnosis always precedes effective cure. You only know that the board is too short because you can place it against a measuring instrument. You only know that the temperature in your house is too hot because you have a measuring instrument in your house (called a thermostat). You only know that your tires have enough air because ...

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January 2012

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