Context Study: Guilt

Updated: Feb 11, 2019



Old English > gylt (guilt, sin, offense, crime, fault), of obscure origin. Many scholars believe King James mistranslates this word time and again.


God doesn’t do guilt. He never pours the oil of shame on our heads.

Regret? Yes — Never guilt. We experience guilt when we don’t measure up to the expectations of others — namely, the people in our lives we consider to be significant. Regret is another matter. It can be a motivating force. If we regret a thing, we endeavor to make sure to avoid making the same mistake in the future. Another component of regret is that is usually comes from accidental actions or general ignorance.

Guilt comes from doing something to hurt someone else either on purpose or while we are looking out for number one. God does not motivate us with guilt because it is a paralytic poison. As well, guilt is a tool used not by ‘the enemy of our souls’ or the devil — but by others. It is a human-on-human crime.

If you find yourself covering your face with your hands and sliding down the wall into a heap on the floor, check to make sure you aren’t self-punishing or that someone hasn’t emotionally manhandled you with regard to the situation you find yourself in because it ain’t God.

No good has ever come from pouring copious amounts of worry and shame over your own head. If you’ve violated a valuable relationship, God will allow you to sit for a spell in some serious regret in hopes you will go to the person you hurt and mend the bonds between you.


If you allow yourself to wallow in guilt, you even won’t feel like leaving your home.


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