REAL POWER: MAXING OUT ON GOD'S LOVE
JESUS DID NOT PILE ON
Religious authorities sometimes use
guilt to manipulate people. They create an atmosphere in which
over-scrupulous victims are made to feel eternally guilty for every
mistake they have ever made. Unfortunately, the wrong people are
being burdened with a sense of guilt they donít deserve. Furthermore,
the people who should feel guilty seem totally immune to this type of
manipulation. This strategy takes aim on the guilty, but hits the
innocent right between the eyes. It harms more people than it helps,
and it reflects poorly on those who practice it. Jesus didnít pile on
guilt, and you shouldnít do it either. You will only hurt yourself
and the people you love.
Jesus used guilt sparingly, except
when he dealt with religious authorities who were ensnared in
self-righteousness. These religious know-it-alls thought they had
everything figured out, and if you didnít agree with them, they didnít
hesitate to tell you that you were wrong. They were the God Squad,
addicted to the law, and they had a compulsive need to be right.
Their religion was an ostentatious display of self-righteousness.
Jesus didnít cut them any slack. He made it clear that the focus of
their life was wrong. Jesus would not allow these spiritual bean
counters to get away with their hypocrisy. He hit them right between
the eyes with a major dose of truth, but the record shows that most of
the time it had little positive effect. These meticulously
self-righteous people rarely felt guilt. Why should they? After
all, they were perfect.
You will never see a guilty person
made better by heaping more guilt upon their head. Piling on guilt
only results in more spiritual and emotional damage. Guilty people
need love and power to overcome the problem that caused their guilt in
the first place. They need to experience the power of Godís love so
it can wash the guilt from their mind and heal their damaged emotions.
HOW TO ERADICATE GUILT
Navigating through a wasteland of
guilt can be tough if you try to do it on your own. Without Godís
help, Guilt Unleashes Incredibly Limiting
Thoughts. If you are alive spiritually and God is your Father,
guilt no longer casts its long shadow on your life. The acronym for
guilt changes to God Unleashes Incredible Love
Today. Godís love is the antidote for guilt. When Godís
incredible love rolls through your heart and mind, it washes guilt
away. God not only forgives, He forgets. He not only wipes the slate
clean, He throws the slate away.
Usually, you feel guilty for one of
two reasons. Either you have violated the laws of the moral universe,
and you should feel guilty, or the guilt reflects the twisted thinking
associated with depression, and the guilt is inappropriate because you
have done nothing wrong. In either case, Godís love is the cure. If
you have done something wrong, Godís love and forgiveness can take
care of it. If you are suffering from twisted thinking associated
with depression, Godís love can straighten out your thoughts.
The most powerful force in the
universe is Godís love. Nothing is more effective at eradicating
guilt and transforming lives in a positive direction. God loves and
accepts you as you are, and he is going to give you the power to
overcome whatever is causing your guilt. Nothing is too hard for
Godís love. He is the Great Physician and healing broken hearts is
If you have a problem with guilt,
open your heart to Godís love. You have nothing to lose except an old
life dominated by guilt. There is no limit to how good your life can
become when your heart is full of Godís love.
Guilt is a hazardous substance, and I must handle it with care. A
burden of guilt lowers my self-esteem and makes it harder to be a
positive person. Guilt falls more into the realm of punishment, and
its debilitating effects make positive change more difficult. Guilt
has the wrong focus. It focuses on my weaknesses, failures, and
undesirable behavior. What I focus on expands first into my mind and
then into my life. When I feel guilty, I focus on what is wrong. The
negative focus predisposes me to the repetition of undesirable
behavior. My best opportunity for creating positive change is when I
am in an empowered state. It doesnít make sense to load myself up
with guilt, and then expect my behavior to magically improve. I donít
punish other people with guilt, and I donít punish myself with it
either. If I have a problem, I solve it. I donít waste my time
feeling guilty. Instead, I open my heart and mind to Godís
forgiveness and love so it can wash guilt out of my life.
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