Guilt is like an invisible lie detector test. When human beings deny, exaggerate or lie, souls are awakened by pulses inside their body. This reaction is triggered by consciences, an inner feeling or voice of truth. The apostle Paul refers to this concept as the invisible qualities of God so that no one is without excuse, Romans 1:18-20. The dilemma is not if your next guilt trip will arrive, but how will your respond when conviction starts gnawing upon your heart.
If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness [of sin], we lie and do not practice the truth; 7 but if we [really] walk in the Light [that is, live each and every day in conformity with the precepts of God], as He Himself is in the Light, we have [true, unbroken] fellowship with one another [He with us, and we with Him], and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin [by erasing the stain of sin, keeping us cleansed from sin in all its forms and manifestations], 1 John 1:6-7.
One of the objectives of the modern progressive movement is to de-emphasize absolutes by elevating personal opinions. As lies are portrayed as truth by members of the media, gray areas expand resulting in a combination of confusion and rationalization. If the Bible becomes discredited from endless attacks by atheist groups, future generations will look to other sources for moral guidance. Perhaps, leaders want to return to the days of Old Testament Judges, where people began to do what was right in their own eyes.
If we say we have no sin [refusing to admit that we are sinners], we delude ourselves and the truth is not in us. [His word does not live in our hearts.] 9 If we [freely] admit that we have sinned and confess our sins, He is faithful and just [true to His own nature and promises], and will forgive our sins and cleanse us continually from all unrighteousness [our wrongdoing, everything not in conformity with His will and purpose], 1 John 1:8-9.
The spiritual dynamic of guilt seeks to bring about humility. Depression is a natural emotion created by God to make it painfully obvious that individuals can not follow the ten commandments on their own. Thus, when guilt trips persuade hearts and minds to admit the error of their way, confession opens the door for hope, Romans 5:2-4. Responding correctly to guilt, unlike Cain who killed his brother, enables contrite spirits to receive forgiveness, grace and mercy. May the words of 1 John give you a blueprint for surviving your next guilt trip.
by Jay Mankus