By: Ted Camp, Silent Word Ministries
It seems that most religions use guilt to make people serve. Some churches seem to preach saved by grace and serve by guilt. It was a good day when I learned to serve because of grace not guilt. \Naturally, sin brings guilt, that will produce grief. Inward guilt can cause outward sickness. “Have mercy upon me, O Lord, for I am in trouble: mine eye is consumed with grief... For my life is spent with grief, and my years with sighing: my strength faileth because of mine iniquities, and my bones are consumed” (Psalm 81:9-10).
When Adam sinned, for the first time man had fear and guilt.
“And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid” (Genesis 3:10).
The greatest proof you are a Christian is that you will have guilt when you sin (Hebrews 12:8).
Does your sin bother you? The greatest war is always on the inside. Guilt is an inside job.
I read a story about a boy and his sister who visited their grandparents at the farm. The grandmother had a pet duck that she dearly loved. One day as the boy was playing, he aimed his slingshot at the duck. He hit the duck and to his surprise, the duck fell dead. He was frightened. He looked around and saw no one. He grabbed the duck and ran into the woods and buried it. He thought no one knew! He returned to house and pretended nothing had happened.
After supper his sister smiled and said, “Tonight you do the dishes.”
“No”, he said. “It is your time to do it.”
His sister smiled and said, “If you do not do the dishes, I will tell grandma about the dead duck.”
Guilt flooded his mind and soul. He quickly agreed to do the dishes. This continued for two weeks. Every time there was a chore his sister simply said, “Remember, the duck.”
Finally, he could not stand it any longer. He went to his grandmother and confessed.
The grandmother wiped away tears from her cheeks and said, “I saw what happened from my window. I saw you kill the duck.” Then she said, “I wondered how long you were going to be silent. I have been waiting for you to come to me. You are now free from the bondage and guilt of the dead duck. You are forgiven.”
Wow! It felt good to be free from his guilt of the dead duck. Grandma’s grace removed his guilt. The boy ran outside to play and said loudly, “Guilt gone!”
God sees everything you do. You can fool others, but not Him.
Do you have a dead duck in your life? Get rid of your guilt before it brings grief, consequences or chastisement. Don’t carry around a dead duck anymore. The Lord is waiting for you to come to Him. He is waiting to forgive and remove your guilt. God is waiting to give you a new beginning according to 1 John 1:9. Then you can also say, “Guilt gone!” ...These Are Words of Wisdom.
Ted Camp is director of Silent Word Ministries, a worldwide ministry based in Trenton. E-mail him at TC@silentword.org.