Saturday, September 20, 2014

God's Guilt

Those feelings of sorrow - sorrow for sin - those feelings and pangs of remorse and regret....

Those feelings the overwhelm our hearts with grief, and move us to tears....

Those feelings of shame and sadness for our shortcomings....

Cannot be manufactured or created.

They come as the product of a life lived righteously.  Those feelings are a gift from the Lord that enlighten our minds and our understandings.  As we see our lives in the context of the spirit that flows into it, our hearts can't but ache for those things we've done wrong and those we've hurt.

But those feelings only come from the Lord and are a gift to us.

piety? enlightenment?  humility?
There are those who wish to generate those feelings by lifestyles of suffering and deprivation and call it piety and enlightenment.  But there is a difference between contrived suffering, and the insights of the holy ghost that come from a life well-lived, not from a life and mentality of self-deprecation and self-loathing.   We are the elect, the children of God, his literal spiritual offspring!  It is Satan who wants us to hate ourselves and debase ourselves and distance ourselves from the Lord saying "I'm not worthy!"  True...but follow him anyways. 

But hating ourselves is different from a painful awareness of our shortcomings as we strive to become more Christlike.  God helps us understand him, see ourselves better, and have a better idea of where we are going and what we are working on.  Satan simply wants us to hate ourselves and separate ourselves from God.  Self-loathing becomes its own form of pride as we begin very often to tout our unworthiness and debase ourselves to be seen of men.

If we don't think we feel the way we should, we need to repent and draw closer to God, not hate ourselves and beat ourselves up and distance ourselves from God. 

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