Symptoms of Guilt

By   •   September 25   •   Topics:

Man sits thinking

Guilt is a prominent word among psychoanalysts, psychiatrists, and ministers too. The dictionary calls guilt “the act or state of having done a wrong or committed an offense.” The symptoms of guilt are many, but the root cause is one.

We have broken the moral law of the universe as expressed in the Ten Commandments and the Sermon on the Mount. So we have a sense of guilt.

This guilt causes a variety of psychological problems such as insecurity, tension, hunger for approval, struggles for recognition. A sense of guilt, some psychiatrists point out, is as necessary as a sense of pain. We need both in order to keep us from getting hurt.

Listen: Billy Graham in 60 seconds on sin and guilt.

Prayer for the day

Your Holy Spirit touches my heart and makes me conscious of my guilt. Forgive me, Lord.

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  1. Patrick says:

    Dear Reverend Graham, thank you for emphasizing the important message of the Resurrection. Without a belief in the Resurrection, there can be no personal salvation. Salvation comes only from Jesus Christ: the Resurrection and the Life (John 11:25).

  2. MarkC says:

    It’s that guilt, my guilt, our guilt, that nailed Jesus to the cross.

    He took my place.

    Jesus is the (only) answer.

  3. The Lord's Wolf says:

    I’m happy for this. It eased much of my tension. Thank you.

  4. Max says:

    We should thank God for this sense of guilt. There are many who do not have a conscience or have compromised their conscience so many times there is no guilt for sins they commit.

  5. Luis Henrique Müller says:

    Romans 8:1-2
    “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.”