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  1. The presence of guilt is a sign the Holy Spirit is still with us convicting us from our sins. The unpardonable sin, as we all know, occurs when a person reaches a stage in which he/she feels no guilt when engaging in a sinful act. The Devil and his demons are at that stage in which they feel absolutely no remorse whatsoever when they steal, kill and destroy lives (John 10:10.)

    Thus, when we feel guilty, it’s the Holy Spirit in us fighting on our behalf for His rightful dominion in our hearts, minds and body. We are not our own (1 Corinthians 6:19-20.) It’s imperative, therefore, to confess every time we sin as soon as possible—letting the sin simmer is destructive and leads to a more grievous sin (speaking from experience.) We often rationalize our actions to ourselves and even blame circumstances for our sins. Someone might confess as this: “Oh, Lord, you know, if you give me a wife, I wouldn’t commit sexual immorality against You and my body.” Another might say, “If she wouldn’t have disrespected me, I wouldn’t have done this and that to her.” That is not true confession. Our prophetess, Ellen G. White, says this in Steps to Christ (page 40):

    When sin has deadened the moral perceptions, the wrongdoer does not discern the defects of his character nor realize the enormity of the evil he has committed; and unless he yields to the convicting power of the Holy Spirit he remains in partial blindness to his sin. His confessions are not sincere and in earnest. To every acknowledgment of his guilt he adds an apology in excuse of his course, declaring that if it had not been for certain circumstances he would not have done this or that for which he is reproved.

    Regardless of whatever sin we engage in or currently suffering under, Holy Spirit is more than willing to reason with us, to forgive and heal us. In Isaiah 1:18 He says this:

    Come now, let us reason together, says the LORD:
    though your sins are like scarlet,
    they shall be as white as snow;
    though they are red like crimson,
    they shall become like wool.

    We worship a God of immeasurable love and infinite mercy; A God who even calls mere mortals to reason with Him. We can have absolutely no excuse whatsoever why we should get lost.

    Amen!(11)
  2. Thank you for that strengthening lesson. I for one have been a victim of guilt and as I read this now, I gained the power to do what I am supposed to do. Sometimes it gets hard to accept God's love more especially right after realising that we have sinned.....but I am happy He still sends people like you to re-strengthen us through these writings.

    Amen!(4)
  3. thank you for the great stories on forgiveness you picked up Lillianne. One of your sentences really caught my attention "Which brings me to my next questions…Why would we waste even one second on guilt when forgiveness is so close, and Jesus is so eager to give it."
    I see Jesus's love as unconditional but Jesus's forgiveness, even though he is eager to give it, as being conditional dependent on motivation behind the sinful act.

    I am comparing John's and Shannon's stories...
    John intentionally committed the sinful act of robbing the doughnut store.
    Shannon accidentally committed the sinful act of killing the bicyclist.
    Guilt was experienced by both parties.
    Would it be fair for Jesus to forgive each without requiring some form of compensation from each?
    From a practical perspective John was able to compensate for his sin, so he did. Shannon would never have been able in her entire life, this one or the next one, to compensate for her sin.

    The book of Leviticus chapter 4 to start with, does an interesting job of presenting the concepts of compensation for committing a sinful act intentionally or accidentally.
    Have you considered why would Jesus direct Moses to write a requirement for compensation for accidental(unintentional) sinful acts? And Chapter 4 presents only accidental sins and how to compensate for them. And notice who is being compensated and with what. Vary vary, interesting.

    Amen!(1)

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