This weekend we will study Titus 3:3-8. The Scripture begins by reviewing our own condition pre-Christ. It’s not pretty. We were, in fact, sinful, but as Titus 3:4-5 says, But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us… (NIV)
The Bible does not say that a Christian should feel guilty. 2 Corinthians 7:10 says, For the kind of sorrow God wants us to experience leads us away from sin and results in salvation. There’s no regret for that kind of sorrow. But worldly sorrow, which lacks repentance, results in spiritual death. (NLT) God has replaced our guilty feelings with “godly sorrow.”
Bruce Narramore, in Freedom From Guilt, suggests that godly sorrow is about God and others. Guilt is selfish. Godly sorrow says, “I hurt her and I don’t want her to go through that.” Guilt says, “I hurt her and she’s going to be mad at me.” Guilt is always about me, in the end.
Here’s the irony: Guilt will cause us to turn to Christ. It will not help us grow in Christ.
Guilt brings spiritual death. It makes you want to give up. Freedom for the Christian is praying and thinking truth. Parents, teachers, spouses, even smokin’ hot preachers can prompt guilty feelings. That is why we must allow the Bible to shape our thoughts.
Unfortunately, we’ve had guilt reinforced so many times that we believe it is what God really wants.
Romans 8:1 says, Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. (NIV)
God has declared that we are not condemned, which is to say, not guilty. So … let’s focus on what God has said and not what we feel. Let’s move from self-centered thinking to God and other-centered thinking.
Perfect love casts out fear and then we are free to love God and others with reckless abandon.
We will discuss what Francis Chan calls Crazy Love this weekend. We will also celebrate God’s grace, our freedom from guilt and the opportunity to bless others with the blessing He has given to us!
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