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"The entrance of thy words giveth light (Psalm 119:130)."

Guilt

"People who conceal their sins will not prosper, but if they confess and turn from them, they will receive mercy (Proverbs 28:13 NLT)."

"If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us (1 John 1:9-10 KJV)."

"Cast your burden upon the LORD and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken (Psalm 55:22 NASB)."

". . . I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us (Philippians 3:13-14 NLT)."

This article assumes that you are dealing with guilt over having done something wrong or having failed to do something good that you should have done. We all deal with this at times. But how should we deal with this issue? I'm going to suggest four simple steps.

First, admit to yourself and to God that you have sinned. This is the necessary first step.

Second, confess your sin to God. Make it clear to God that you are sorry for your sin and will make a genuine effort not to repeat the sin in the future.

Third, 'cast your burden on the Lord'; that is, surrender the issue to God and let Him carry the burden and manage the situation. This is essential: God is the only one strong enough to carry the burden. And He is the only one who always knows what—if anything—still needs to be done.

If you surrender the issue to God—and are willing to do whatever He says to do, or not do—you will experience a lot more peace.

Fourth, forget it! Thinking about the issue after you've given it to God amounts to taking the burden back unto yourself—with predictable negative emotional consequences. Instead, just give the burden back to God whenever the issue comes up.

To do this just say: "Lord, I surrender the issue to You." Re-affirm your trust in God. Then think about something else, unless it becomes clear that God is leading you to do something.

If you already know there is nothing to be done, here is another alternative: Just say "Lord, I thank you for carrying my burden." Then think about something else.

You now have what you need to deal with this issue.

Note: There are times where you may need to talk to somebody or do something in regard to a past wrong. If there is any doubt, don't assume this is necessary unless it becomes clear as a result of prayer and wise Christian counsel.

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