• A Guilty Conscience Devotional

    Jeremiah 3:1-5

    Our guilt feelings will fully line up with the objective reality of our guilt only insofar as our consciences are properly shaped by the Word of God. Scripture informs our consciences, helping them to more quickly and more correctly discern good from evil. This helps keep the conscience from becoming seared, but it also helps us overcome false notions of objective guilt that come from calling something sin that God has not defined as sin. View Resource

  • Guilt and Guilt Feelings Devotional

    Isaiah 6:1-7

    Today’s passage is a good illustration of a person whose guilty feelings matched with the reality of his sin. When brought before the Lord of hosts, Isaiah confessed his guilt—he felt it—and it was atoned for—because he really was guilty. When we feel guilt, we should honestly look at what we have done to see if we are guilty. Should we find that we are objectively guilty, we must confess our sin to God through Christ Jesus. If we do so, we will always be forgiven. View Resource

  • The Guilty Conscience Devotional

    Jeremiah 3:1–3

    We cannot bind another’s conscience where Scripture does not do so. I might not take a drink if I have a problem maintaining sobriety, but the Bible does not condemn alcohol, and so I cannot forbid my brother in Christ from drinking. This is not subjectivism. The church must bind our consciences where Scripture binds them (Matt. 18:15–20). Conforming our consciences to God’s Word is the only way to avoid legalism and live in Christ’s freedom. View Resource

  • Unable to Pay Devotional

    Luke 7:36–50

    Paul wrote that the Mosaic law served as a “captor” or “custodian” (NASB) until Christ came (Gal. 3:23), since one of its aims was to accentuate sin and drive people on toward faith in God for forgiveness. None of us can do enough good to make up for even the smallest sin, and it is easy even for those who affirm justification by faith alone to think they can repay their debt to God by themselves. Let us never think our own good deeds can cover over our bad ones. View Resource

  • What to Do with Guilt? Devotional

    Romans 1:18–32

    Unfortunately, the church too often follows the culture in lowering God’s standards. Many professing Christians in dating relationships accept any display of physical affection short of intercourse as lawful. Some lower the bar regarding marriage, thinking it is okay to pursue divorce based on irreconcilable differences. Some cheat on their taxes because “the government is unjust.” Do you live by the Lord’s perfect standards or have you lowered the bar of obedience? View Resource

  • Guilt and Guilt Feelings Devotional

    Psalm 51

    Whether we feel guilty or not, all of us have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Rom. 3:23). Take time today to repent of your sin and acknowledge this truth. Then pray that your feelings of guilt would match its reality. Ask the Spirit to make you hate sin so that your conscience would be stricken with disgust and sorrow each time you violate God’s law. Let us strive to imitate our Father’s perfect holiness and hate sin just as He does. View Resource

  • Objective Forgiveness Devotional

    Psalm 103:1-5

    Do you struggle to believe that God has forgiven you of particular sins? If so, you have another sin to confess—unbelief. Go to God in prayer right now, asking Him to forgive you for failing to trust His Word. Ask that He would help you rest in His forgiveness and that He would cleanse your conscience of the troubling memory of past sins. View Resource

  • Dealing with Guilt Devotional

    Romans 1:18-22

    To ask “What do we do with our guilt?” is to ask “How can we live with ourselves?” Few unbelievers want to know the truth about humanity; they prefer to live a lie than address their guilt head-on. Our task as Christians is to show them the Biblical truth. Use every opportunity to present the Scriptural picture of the guilt of mankind. View Resource

  • An Informed Conscience Devotional

    Jeremiah 3:1-5

    How is your conscience? Is it saturated with Biblical wisdom, able to guide you in times of moral murk? Or is it seared, providing no direction whatsoever? If you have not done so, make a commitment today to spend regular time reading and studying God’s Word. Do so in an attitude of prayer, asking God to inform your conscience. View Resource

  • The Law on the Heart Devotional

    Romans 2:12-16

    The fact that God’s standards were written on your heart means you knew God’s law even before you knew Him. The same is true for all people. Never hesitate to proclaim the high moral standards of God. Some may react negatively to them, but your proclamation will echo in their consciences and reveal to them their guilt, if God so wills. View Resource

  • Guilt and Guilt Feelings Devotional

    Romans 3:9-19

    What do you feel guilty about? Can you trace these feelings to an actual violation of some rule, regulation, law, or divine commandment? If so, seek forgiveness from the proper authority. If not, your guilt feelings may be out of place. Seek out your pastor, an elder, or a trusted brother or sister for advice on dealing with these feelings. View Resource