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Updated on March 4, 2011


I. Some Biblical words for guilt.

A. Hebrew word asham - "offense, guilt"
Prov. 30:10 - "slave...curse you and become guilty"
Jere. 51:5 - "Israel and Judah...their land is full of guilt"
Hosea 5:15 - "..until they acknowledge their guilt and seek My face"
B. Hebrew word avon - "iniquity, guilt"
Job 33:9 - "I am innocent and there is no guilt in me"
Ps. 32:5 - "Thou did forgive the guilt of my sin"
C. Greek word enochos - "liable, culpable, guilty"
Matt. 5:22 - "guilty before the court"
Mk. 3:29 - "guilty of an eternal sin"
I Cor. 11:27 - "guilty of the body and the blood of the Lord"
James 2:10 - "keep whole law, stumble in one point...guilty of all"
D. Greek word aitios - "responsibility, guilt"
Lk. 23:4,14,22; Jn. 18:38; 19:4,6 - "I find no guilt in Him"

II. Kinds of guilt.

A. Objective guilt, legal guilt - caught in trespass of law.
1. Theological guilt - trespass of God's law or character
Rom. 3:23 - "all have sinned and fall short of glory of God"
James 2:10 - "stumble in one point, guilty of all"
2. Sociological guilt - trespass of law of land, or civil law
I Peter 2:13 - "submit yourselves for the Lord's sake to every human institution"
B. Subjective guilt, psychological guilt - trespass of established attitudes.
1. Bible does not directly address issue of psychological guilt.
2. Allusion to guilty conscience -
Rom. 2:15 - "Law written in their hearts, their conscience bearing witness, and their thoughts alternately accusing or else defending them"
3. Legitimacy of guilt feelings
a. Genuine guilt feelings - established attitude consistent with God's attitude.
b. False guilt feelings - established attitude not consistent with God's attitude.
(1) Sigmund Freud - "To feel guilty is not to be guilty."
(2) Attitudes of "weak" brothers - Rom. 14; I Cor. 10
c. Whatever is not of faith is sin - Rom. 14:23

III. Consequences of guilt.

A. Theological guilt
1. Penalty -
Rom. 5:12 - "sin entered the world, and death through sin"
Rom. 5:15 - "by the transgression of the one the many died"
Rom. 6:23 - "wages of sin is death"
2. Condemnation
Rom. 5:16 - judgment arose from transgression resulting in condemnation.
Rom. 5:18 - "through one transgression there resulted condemnation to all men"
B. Sociological guilt
1. Penalty
2. Condemnation
C. Subjective guilt - both genuine and false
1. Nervous
2. Depressed
3. Defensive
4. Suspicious
5. Sleeplessness, insomnia
6. Fear, panic attacks
7. Escapism, flight
8. Insecurity
9. Judgmentalism
10. Lack of concentration
11. Shallow friendships
12. Blame others
13. Self-contempt, self-denigration, self-condemnation
14. Addictions, self-destructive behavior
15. Works and performance

IV. Solution to guilt

A. Theological guilt
1. Payment of penalty by Jesus Christ
a. Bought with a price - I Cor. 6:20; 7:23
2. Christ took our condemnation
a. No condemnation - Rom. 8:1
3. Christians are acquitted and declared "right with God"; justification by faith
4. Provision of God's grace for righteousness
B. Sociological guilt
1. Must face consequences of our choices
2. Pay the penalty imposed
3. Stand condemned
4. Provision of God's grace for righteousness
C. Subjective guilt
1. Inadequate solutions
a. Minimize - "It's nothing." "Only an illusion"
b. Rationalize - "Everybody's doing it"
c. Compromize - "lower your standards"
d. Criticize - "blame others"
e. Chastize - "whip yourself" - masochism
f. Apologize - confessionalism - "I'm so sorry"
2. Christian solutions
a. Confess your sin - I John 1:9
b. Accept God's forgiveness
c. Live by faith - our receptivity of His activity - Col. 2:6
d. Develop God's attitude by renewing of the mind - Rom. 12:2

copied from Christ in you ministries - James Fowler

Is feeling guilt good or bad? I think it can sometimes be good especially if it changes you into a better person. Lately, I've been feeling guilty, depressed and sad. Mostly, because I've been thinking about all the mistakes I've made in my life and how they affected those around me. This was when I wasn't serving the Lord- I was backsliden. I've been thinking about taking medication for depression which I have taken in the past. But, I thought about something- I remember when I was taking anti-depressants how I didn't feel as much empathy or guilt. It was just a bandaid to my deeper issues. So this time I've decided to face things head on like a trooper and seek God's forgiveness.

I also want to talk to people that I offended or hurt- not with excuses or why I did this or that but a heartfelt apology.

Confess your faults to one another. James 5:16

If we confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive our sins. 1 John 1:9


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      Sky321 8 years ago from Canada

      ER go to I want to chat with you.

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      Sky321 8 years ago from Canada

      Elijah, where are you going? or can you not say?

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      Elijah Returns 8 years ago from United Kingdom

      hi sky....I am leaving very soon to go to my new destination

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      renfen88 8 years ago

      good haha

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      Sky321 8 years ago from Canada

      Thanks again valeriebelew. I really didn't do a lot of research- just a little. Lol. Can you or have you written a hub about seminary? I think it would be of great interest.

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      valeriebelew 8 years ago from Metro Atlanta, GA, USA

      Powerful video. You did a lot of research for this one. Looks like some of the stuff I did in seminary writing word translations good work!

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      Sky321 8 years ago from Canada

      For Mekenzie, I've also been blessed by you and I know The Lord is using you in all sorts of ways. I've already learned alot from you and some other hubbers too.

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      Sky321 8 years ago from Canada

      For Dave- Sorry about not being there but 3 days of the week I work during in the afternoons of the weekdays so I am unable to be there. My plan was that other people would go and chat with each other-nothing formal really just sharing scriptures or getting to know each other and maybe share videos-sort of a free for all. I'm going to check it out right now. If you ever want to go on and start a topic that would be good too. Thanks for your wonderful comments Dave. Hope to chat with you again.

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      Susan Ream 8 years ago from Michigan

      I just came back to try the video again .. Oh MY - It is BEAUTIFUL and moved me to tears. HE SO LOVES US!!! Thanks for including it.

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      Dave Mathews 8 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      Sky had to drop back to ask a question. I was at the church yesterday from 2 to 2:30 but noone was there not even you. Are you still holding service?

      Brother Dave.

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      Susan Ream 8 years ago from Michigan

      Sweet Sky, you are surely being led by the Holy Spirit to go to those you have offended with a heartfelt apology and without a defensive attitude. Some will receive it and love you for your sincere apology and some may not.. their response is up to them .. but you can be assured you have done what God requires. Matthew 5:23-24 "Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you,leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift." I've had my share of God's promptings .. I go to pray and God reminds me of the verses above .. I have to STOP praying and take care of business first.. It is then I find peace once again with my Father.

      You kind of hit on false guilt .. I've heard it termed .. illegitimate guilt. Carrying guilt that is not yours. Many people carry around guilt for something they never did .. but another has made them feel responsible for. It's important to sort through and see if the guilt is a prompting from the Holy Spirit .. or a man induced guilt.

      I was excited to hear your video. It's not working. :(

      I love your heart sky, in the few days we have know each other, I've already been blessed by you! God will not fail you dear one. He loves you and He is using your life.



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      Dave Mathews 8 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      Sky321, I really like this. Guilt is The Holy Spirit, seeing something wrong regardless of the type, and showing our inner spirit where we have sinned, and showing us how to make it right, so that Our Father God can still visit with our inner spirit when he chooses.

      The dictionary defines sin as falling short or doing wrong.

      Guilt is God's Holy Spirit pointing it out to us.

      Repentance is correcting the wrong doing.

      Brother Dave.

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      thevoice 8 years ago from carthage ill

      beautiful God bless work my friend god speed thanks


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