“Guilt is banished through love and truth.” (Proverbs 16:6, MSG)

Guilt Trip

What is a guilt trip?  It’s simply making someone feel guilty to get them to do what you want. Sounds like fun, doesn’t it?  It’s really quite easy once you get the hang of it.  Here’s how it works.

Let’s say a friend tells you about a wonderful day at the beach they enjoyed over the weekend.  You can usually start them on a little guilt trip by saying something like, “That sounds fun.  I wish I had a friend who invited me to go to the beach with them.”  In theory, this will make your friend feel bad for failing to ask you to join them.  That’s all there is to it!  They’re on a guilt trip.

Though it’s sometimes fun to joke about guilt trips, the fact is, for many of us the subject of guilt is no laughing matter.  Guilt can be a heavy burden to bear – a weight on the heart that’s hard to lift off.

Have you ever experienced true guilt? Real remorse? Perhaps it happened as a result of harsh words, broken promises, dishonest dealings, a lost temper, or neglected duties?  If you’ve ever done anything you wish you could undo or said something you wish you hadn’t said, then guilt has more than likely paid you a visit.  When confronted with guilt, many people push it deep down inside or just ignore it altogether. Why? It’s uncomfortable and often painful.

King David understood the pain of guilt.  After committing adultery with the wife of one of his most loyal soldiers, David gave the order to have the man killed hoping to cover his own crime.  But David’s deeds were discovered and guilt hung heavy on his heart.  But unlike so many who experience guilt from their mistakes, David didn’t push the feelings away or ignore them.  Instead, he poured his heart out to God. His prayer is found in Psalm 51.  Here’s a part of David’s confession to God:

“Have mercy on me, O God,
    according to your unfailing love;
according to your great compassion
    blot out my transgressions.
Wash away all my iniquity
    and cleanse me from my sin.

Create in me a pure heart, O God,
    and renew a steadfast spirit within me.”

(Psalm 51:1-2, 10, NIV)

David was willing to come honestly before God and confess his wrongdoing.  As a result, God offered him forgiveness and lifted his burden of guilt. The record of David’s story reveals that God not only forgave David, but even called David a man after his own heart.

If you are experiencing guilt right now, don’t beat yourself up. Why cling to the guilt that weighs your heart down when God’s grace can lift the weight off?  There is no offense you’ve committed too great for God to forgive.  The truth is, nothing from your past can keep God from your future if you embrace Him in the present.

Remove the Guilt

Enjoy your day, “Working for Christ”!

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  1. Sure have! On one right now in fact. 🙂


  2. Reblogged this on MarleneBertrand's Blog and commented:
    –Who hasn’t been on a guilt trip lately? I think the accompanying photo for this blog gets the message said in a most hilarious way. +Marlene


  3. garden2day Says:

    Beautiful words..if we embrace Him in the present, especially. 😀 Take care! 😀


  4. I love your final comment! Thank you for such great encouragement! Have a great weekend! 🙂


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