A Weeping Christian: When Faith and Grief Collide

A blog by Kimberly Crumby

Guilt

Guilt… such a scary little word… but we face it so often. Any of this sound familiar?

A stay-at-home mom who sometimes resents having little adult contact or time to herself…
A dad who misses the game because he has to work…
A friend who is so busy that she forgot a birthday…
A working mom who constantly feels like something is suffering in her life… a lot of times, herself…
A church member who has to say no to a request for service in the church…
and the list could go on and on.

I Corinthians 4:4 says, “My conscience is clear, but that isn’t what matters. It is the Lord himself who will examine me and decide.”

Now, we know sometimes guilt is deserved… we all make mistakes (sometimes big ones) and that still, small voice tells us that we need to request forgiveness and mercy.

But, I am convinced that many times we are overcome with guilt that we do not deserve- guilt that Satan attacks us with in order to try and bring discouragement. It seems that we as women are especially vulnerable to this attack. I learned in GriefShare that true guilt over wrong-doing comes from God, but false guilt is a lie straight from the pits of Hell.

So, when my heart wonders why I did not know Hannah Grace was sick… why I didn’t realize she had suffered a cruel stroke… why I left the hospital a few times… why I can laugh and smile now… I remind myself that this guilt is not from God. I have to continually give this over to God and let Him battle for me as that still, small voice reminds me that I cannot take on guilt that I do not own… and neither can you.

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  • Very true Kimberly. Even though we KNOW this, it still attacks me every year when we go back to school after having several weeks off. The house is suddenly not as clean, the laundry is not caught up, the boys don’t have my undivided attention……My list is never ending as well. Thanks for reminding me that Satan puts these feelings in my mind and on my heart.
    I hope you have a great first week at your new school.
    New beginnings……….cheers!

    Kim