Sunday, April 29, 2012

False Guilt Is A Dangerous Thing?

Philippians 4:6-7

New Living Translation (NLT)
6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

My Pastor gave a sermon today on victory over guilt he spoke of good and bad guilt and than he talked about "False Guilt", when he first said the phrase I thought, "what the heck is he talking about," False Guilt. And then he gave the definition; A feeling of guilt a person has when they committed no wrong.(a trick of the devil)

Think about it, when a woman loses a baby, or a child is molested, they feel guilty. When a person goes to war for his or her country to protect us, they come home with guilt and nightmares over things they've done and seen, even though there wasn't anything they could have done differently there's the guilt, regardless.

I am always amazed when a victim feels guilty and ashamed, while the person who committed the offense has a clear conscience, it's the attacker and his deception for sure. So how do we change our thought process so those feelings of rejection,self punishment, insecurities, depression and loss of self-worth, can finally stop haunting us?

We look to God's word and promises and believe. Believe that when Christ died for the sins of the world, and we accepted Him as our Savior, all our sins, past, present, and future have been forgiven, so there is no need to keep asking for forgiveness over and over for the same wrong doing, whether it be one you feel you committed, or did commit.

We have to face our sins honestly on our knees, and confess and repent them before the Father, and trust in our heart He loves us. But the most important thing we must do to truly let go of our guilt or mistakes is to turn them into blessings by giving testimony, so that our circumstances and lessons can be a blessing for others.

In my book "Layers of the Heart" I shared many of these circumstances, some I had control over and a lot I didn't, and the blessings I have received through my openness and honesty have been ten-fold, just as our Loving Father promised.

So this week as we go out and deal with others, let's not be so quick to judge, as we don't know what others have been through or where their guilt has led them. Instead, open up and bless someone else by showing them that every road travelled is bumpy, but as long as we respond to one another in kindness, with compassion, than ugliness and hatred can be replaced, and we can begin to heal and spread love, in order to fulfill our individual purpose designed for each of us by our Loving Father.

May our week ahead be filled with the wisdom and guidance of the Holy Spirit, and may we all have joy and love-filled days that help wash away the guilt the attacker has tricked us into believing we deserve. Love,hugs and prayers Patricia xx

May my below poem from my upcoming book "Poems of The Eternal heart a Daily Devotional" bring you inspiration and encouragement.

Unconditional Love

Who can accept us the way we are,
and forgive us when we're wrong,
correct, guide, and love us,
 when we're weak, make us strong.

 Who gives us all the wisdom we need
to survive the trials of the day,
and when we hurt and cause Him pain
still, He gladly stays.

Right by our side through thick and thin,
we're never left alone,
for true spiritual, unconditional love,
can come only from the throne.

Patricia VanDenburg©


  1. I love the poems and inspiration Patricia always manages to give you at the right time in your life. She is there just like a "lifesaver" working as an angel for God to help guide us through our tribulations and trials. I know she has personally helped me. God bless and thank you. Hugs, Marg

  2. I hate when the devil shoves guilt my way...I just say out loud...I am forgiven..poof he goes away.