Suggested Bible Reading: Proverbs 1:20-33
Guilt- the fact of having committed a specified or implied offense or crime.
🔴 Banking on Guilt
A relationship with God changes meaningless things into spiritual productivity and purpose. What one may view as unimportant is remarkably beneficial to God’s kingdom’s growth.
I am learning that artificial divisions such as skin color, religious barriers, tattoos, piercings, clothing, the social and economic status will not block me from delivering Christ’s message, which is for everyone. If the Gospel isn’t received, it shouldn’t prevent me from sharing it. There is a difference between ignorance and ignoring.
Proverbs 1:32 says For the waywardness of the simple ones will kill them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them.
For context, the opening chapters of Proverbs are lectures from a father to his son. They are long speeches intended to help the son or us choose a path of wisdom over foolishness. The ignorant hate knowledge and choose not to fear God.
Some people, no matter what we say or do, will disagree. God can use us to challenge their comfortable, secure, albeit self-centered lives. As believers, we must be careful because we do not want to justify our inconsistencies.
Listening to God may require us to change the way we live. People may use your kindness and love of Christ as a bargaining tool or leverage to get what they want. Guilt is a powerful motivator to spring us into action.
Psalm 106:6 says, We have sinned ALONG with our ancestors. We have COMMITTED iniquity; we have INCURRED guilt.
I am guilty of transgressions, guilty of idolatry, guilty of unbelief, and guilty of rebellion. But God had mercy on humanity and cleansed us with His redeeming blood.
Psalm 106:7 says Our ancestors in Egypt did not understand your wonderful works. They did not remember your many acts of loyal love, and so they rebelled by the sea at the Red Sea.
Yahweh’s excellent works his many acts of loyal love.
- Are we communicating with our families, our friends?
- Are we telling them of God’s goodness and mercy to bring remembrance of Christ’s deliverance?
Christ has paid it all.
~Torrie Slaughter, (This devotional was updated from my original post Put This In Your Thoughts, March 2018)
This devotional was written and edited by Torrie Slaughter the founder of Our Given Purpose® in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
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