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For the Love of the Spirit

Memories of Guilt

A memory of an emotion does not cause the event that created the emotion to be recreated.  It is just that — a memory.

Emotions when they occur are physical events.  The body reacts to mental activity.  Blood pressure increases.  Trembling occurs. Pupils dilate,  the stomach begins to hurt, and the legs become weak.  Muscles tighten.  All these are physical reactions to mental stimuli.  There are many other possible symptoms of emotional distress or emotional joy.  Why do we laugh when we hear something funny?  It is a physical reaction to a mental event.  The connection between mind and body has been long known and is nowhere disputed.

When we remember a joke the emotion of joy recurs because the memory evokes the physical reaction.  When we remember the death of a loved one the emotion of grief recurs for the same reason.  The joke we remember hasn’t been told anew.  The death through which we suffered has not happened all over again, except in our own minds.  And it is that thought, that memory, which brings us back into a physical, reactive, emotional state.  In most cases, in a healthy minded individual, we don’t believe that the event which inspired the emotion is reoccurring or still ongoing.

When we do something for which we are ashamed we suffer the emotion of guilt.  Emotional guilt can be a very damaging emotion.  I must distinguish here the difference between emotional, subjective guilt and objective guilt.  Objective guilt is when a person is held responsible in real world terms for an act they may or may not have committed.  It is most commonly found in law.  A person may be charged for the commission of a crime and tried in a court of law and found “guilty.”

In spiritual terms a guilty person is one who has committed a crime (or “sin”) against God.  In this case there is no mistake because in the spiritual world justice is perfect and a person guilty of a sin is never wrongly convicted.

To relieve ourselves of the guilt of sin we merely have to apply to God for mercy.  This is done by acknowledging the love and forgiveness power of the Supreme Judge and asking for the removal of the guilt that comes from the act.  To be a Christian that means the acknowledgment that Jesus was sent to earth for just that purpose.  He died, was buried and resurrected so that we may find forgiveness for all our sins.

IF you have sinned (and all HAVE) and if you are a Christian and asked for the forgiveness of your sins by the sacrifice that Jesus made for the very reason of forgiving your sins, then you are forgiven for whatever particular sin or sins that you have committed in the past.

NOW

What happens when you remember your sins somewhere down the road??  Does the shame return?  Do you begin to feel nervous, or depressed?  No one thinks that you should not continue to feel remorse or sadness over who you may have physically wronged at the time, but the one person who you should not feel repentant towards is the one who forgave you in the first place.  Besides seeking forgiveness from the Holy Spirit you should also, if possible, seek forgiveness from any person who may have become caught in the path of your sin.  It is not always possible to seek forgiveness from a person, and even if it is possible they might not forgive you, but God always forgives.

It is just a re-manifestation of the old physical symptoms that we experience when those memories resurface.  You are no longer guilty in the eye of God.  IF you suddenly feel that you are still guilty then you are denying the love and forgiving power of God.   It’s a trap of Satan.  Satan tries to tell us that we were never really forgiven in the first place.  Satan uses the flesh to help us convict ourselves when there is actually no condemnation.  It can’t be much clearer than that.

If we still feel guilty over a past and already forgiven sin, then the flesh has won.  We re-assume the condemnation of the past and rob ourselves of the practical and spiritual benefits of the blessings previously received.  We may begin to believe that if we are still guilty then there was no point in asking for forgiveness in the first place.  We slip further and further into even more sinful thoughts and actions and remove ourselves more and more from the healing, forgiving, loving presence of God and his Holy Spirit.  We deny the Holy Spirit.  Blasphemy occurs and if it is not checked in time, Satan wins.

So where are you?  Have you sinned?  Of COURSE you have!  Have you confessed your guilt and asked for forgiveness?  Then you are forgiven.  When you think of it again (and you will) do not ask to be forgiven again.  There is no need and doing so will only perpetuate a damaging condition.

INSTEAD, Praise God and his Holy Spirit who through Jesus has already freed you from the death that proceeds from sin.  Thank him for the life you now will have throughout eternity as a loved and FORGIVEN child of God.

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December 10, 2011 - Posted by | Redemption | , , , , , ,

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