Help for Today — Hope for Tomorrow
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[Gary] I remember an incident from our eldest daughter's early grade school years. You know, she was at that age where she was developing concepts of right and wrong. A group of her friends were visiting and one of them had climbed into a cupboard and taken some candy.So, I gathered all the children and asked who had taken the candy, and each child firmly denied taking it. When I came to my daughter, of course she denied taking it, and then she became very serious and said well, “Maybe I did take it but I just don't remember.”Well, my wife and I knew who had taken the candy and it wasn't our daughter. Later, we took the opportunity to explain to our daughter that although we admired her desire to be honest, she should feel guilty only when she had actually done something wrong.What is guilt? How do we deal with overwhelming feelings of guilt? What happens when you disobey God and have to deal with actual guilt? Some people are destroyed by feelings of guilt, others feel no guilt at all no matter what they do. Well today, we're going to show you from the Bible how God wants to take you from guilt to glory and answer the question, “Will God Forgive You?”[Announcer] Join our host Gary Petty, and his guests, as they help you understand your future on Beyond Today ![Gary] What is guilt?Well simply stated, guilt is having disobeyed a law or moral precept. If a person is caught stealing he is brought before a judge and declared guilty in accordance with the law. The law then requires a penalty or compensation.Well, we're going to come back to talk about guilt in a few minutes, but first I want to talk about the emotions of “feeling guilty.” Feeling guilty is a condition of anxiety and stress experienced because of the breaking of a, or sometimes it's perceived breaking, of a law or moral precept.