TWO KINDS OF GUILT
"For godly sorrow produces repentance to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death." 2 Corinthians 7:10
Worldly guilt or sorrow can come from the "guilt trips" that other people try to put on you. Worldly guilt can also come from yourself, as you wallow in self-absorbed remorse; "beating" yourself up. This kind of guilt can come from the condemnation of the enemy of your soul.
This is the kind of guilt that causes people to jump from bridges.
This kind of guilt leads to hopelessness, despair and destruction.
Reject this kind of guilt as an attack!
THE OTHER KIND OF GUILT
Sometimes we feel guilty because we ARE guilty! God's Holy Spirit convicts us in our conscience.
Many people refuse to listen to their conscience. The more they reject it, the easier it is to ignore it until finally it doesn't bother them anymore. That's scary!
Godly sorrow leads to an honest self-appraisal; which leads to repentance; forgiveness; and LIFE!
"For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved." John 3:17
"There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit." Romans 8:1