Overcoming Guilt

Bible Summary. When you are in sin you can hide your sin from others, but you cannot hide it from God. You cannot overcome your guilt by hiding your sin from God. To overcome guilt you must first be conscience of your sin, then confess your sins to God, and lastly provide a sin offering to God. The trouble with guilt is that you cannot hide from it, you cannot pretend that it is not there, and you definitely cannot hide your guilt from God. It seems simple to say, but you cannot overcome guilt if you continue to take pleasure in what you know is wrong. See below for Biblical advice.

 

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The Wrong Way to Overcome Guilt.

The way that Adam and Eve tried to address their guilt is an example of a wrong way to overcome guilt. Adam and Eve definitely experienced shame, but they did not really comprehend their guilt until God pointed it out to them and banished them from the Garden of Eden. When you are in sin you can hide your sin from others, but you cannot hide it from God. Genesis 3:10 tells how Adam and Eve went about overcoming guilt in the wrong way.

Genesis 3:10, “And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.”

The Right Way to Overcome Guilt.

Leviticus 5:5-6 advises us of a three-step process to overcome guilt. First, you need to be conscious of the guilt. The second step is to confess your sins to God. The third step is to provide a sin offering to God. Leviticus 5:5 advises us on the right way to overcome guilt.

Leviticus 5:5, “when he realizes his guilt in any of these and confesses the sin he has committed,”

Acknowledge Your Sin to Overcome Guilt.

Overcoming guilt starts with acknowledging our sin. The trouble with guilt is that you cannot hide from it, you cannot pretend that it is not there, and you definitely cannot hide your guilt from God. 1st John 1:8 advises us that if we deny our sin, the truth is not in us.

1st John 1:8, “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.”

You Can Not Overcome Your Guilt if You Continue to Take Pleasure in Your Sin.

It seems simple to say, but you cannot overcome guilt if you continue to take pleasure in what you know is wrong. If we continue in our sin, we will eventually receive the reward of unrighteousness which is eternal death and separation from God. 2nd Peter 2:13 advises us on the consequences of continuing to take pleasure in our sins.

2nd Peter 2:13, “And shall receive the reward of unrighteousness, as they that count it pleasure to riot in the day time. Spots they are and blemishes, sporting themselves with their own deceivings while they feast with you.”