guilt.

Have you spent your life beating yourself up with guilt?

Have you let others beat you up with guilt?

Are you really guilty? Or is it perceived?

Generally speaking, we all are guilty since we all do things wrong. But our guilt is redeemed through the greatest act of love the world has ever witnessed: Jesus Christ and him crucified.  When we receive this redemption from God, we really feel freedom!

But the kind of guilt we let others put on us or we put upon ourselves  – we never seem to feel free from. It smothers the life within you.  And if you are a person who is very caring about others, you may find yourself going beyond the extra mile to the point of suffering in ways God does not want for you.

See, even in times of suffering, we can feel freedom deep in our soul. It’s the stuff that produces hope. And God gives us strength and comfort to endure.

But if we are suffering and not feeling free or hopeful, it is a good indication that something is amiss.

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You were made to soar! This is a gift from God to all of us. Even on cloudy days.

Don’t let guilt smother you. Think about what you are allowing in your life and why.

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