Despite inevitable feelings of guilt we really don’t owe anyone anything. All our debts-of-conscience were paid for two millennia ago.
We must understand this if we’re to live, and let’s not underplay this; we’re too apt to succumb to guilt.
Guilt is most often love contorted, bruised, mugged and hidden.
There is always love a little beyond the feelings of guilt. We therefore endeavour to get beyond this sordidness.
The fullest measure of love wants no part in others feeling guilty for what they did or didn’t do to or for us. And this love is of God.
Love is God. Love wants us to know there’s nothing to feel guilty for. Love wants us reminded that apart from the momentary guilt that motivates repentance — a loving proactive action — there’s no good purpose in it.
When we grasp that God really wants us to know this guilt-freeing love we won’t have a problem feeling less guilty, and fuller and freer in our joy.
God’s done it all at the cross. Accept to be free.
© 2011 S. J. Wickham.