“Is what you’re doing unethical?”
“Is it unbiblical?”
Not at all.
“Is it immoral?”
“Is it illegal?”
“Then why are you feeling guilty?”
I know a story of a woman who is always struggling with guilt – guilt for things she really doesn’t need to feel guilty about. If she decided to stay at home instead of going out with friends, she would feel guilt. If she did not accept that friend request on Facebook, she would feel guilt. If she had other plans and couldn’t go visit her family, she would feel guilt. If she stood up for herself, she would feel guilt.
When her friend asked her these four questions – whether what she was doing was unethical, immoral, unbiblical, or illegal, her answer to each one was no. It really rocked her world. She didn’t need to feel guilty? What?! She had spent her entire adult life feeling conscience-stricken! But what friend told her was true “If you didn’t sin, you don’t need to feel guilty.”
When the Bible talks about guilt, it talks about how the Lord will forgive you when you sin. There is a direct relationship between guilt and sin (1 John 1:9, 1 John 2:1, Acts 2:38). But if there is no sin involved, why feel guilty?
We are called to live in peace. The enemy is a prowling lion, but if we ground ourselves in God’s truth, he will flee. Let’s take up our shields of faith and extinguish any fiery darts of guilt that the enemy might try to throw our way.
Erin Culleny serves as a Marketing Assistant and Staff Writer. She loves encouraging women through her Victory Calls and finds such joy in praying for her sisters in Christ. Her favorite activities include reading her Bible, encouraging others with scripture, buying new dresses, and eating at the Cheesecake Factory… In that order!