“Are You A Guilt Carrier?” by Dianne Timmering

For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is His mercy toward those who fear Him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us. (Psalm 103:11-12)

Are you a guilt carrier? Why is our memory long for guilt and short to remember God’s easy grace and mercy. You try and try to release it but still it follows you like a buzzing gnat. You know God has given “always” forgiveness but the guilt like a boomerang still comes back at you. You wear it like a hat. You had cross words, for example, with your daughter this morning and you think how could I have done that. Why was I so short with her. And then you say to yourself, I don’t deserve a good day.

But I say you do deserve a good day, the best day. Talk to God about it now, ask Him to help you forgive yourself; make it up to her when you get home. You can throw your arms around her, tell her that you love her, tell her that you are sorry and her arms meet you in a 360 degree embrace. God knows you; He knows our burdens and sores, that we are tired, that we get short tempered from fatigue, discomfort, sadness.

Don’t let guilt deceive you into anxiety or depression. Realize you can always do something about it and then once it has been released practice releasing it, not going back and picking it back up. For God has freed it from you, casting it into the sea of His forgetfulness (Micah 7:19). If He can let it go, so can we. Love to all.

Dianne Timmering,
Vice President of Spirituality