“When I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long… Then I acknowledged my sin to young did not cover up my iniquity. I said ‘I will confess to the Lord’ - and you forgave the guilt of my sin.” Psalm 32:3,5 (NIV)
It’s amazing what guilt can do to someone. The feelings are strong and real. Guilt is defined as, a feeling of having done wrong or failed in an obligation. Many see guilt as a bad thing, but guilt, that doesn't lead to condemnation, is actually a good thing. God uses guilt an a positive way. You may say, “If guilt is so good, why does it feel so bad?” Just like pain let’s us know that something is physically wrong with us and we need to seek medical help; guilt works the same way. It lets us know there is something spiritually wrong in us. And, God uses it so that we will seek Him, our “Great Physician”. He wants guilt to move us toward Him in confession. He wants us to acknowledge we have done wrong, failed in our obligation to Him and others, and to draw near to Him so we can receive forgiveness and grace to grow in our relationship with Him. He doesn’t want you to pull away from Him when you feel guilt, just like you shouldn’t ignore and keep away from the doctor when you experience physical sickness and pain. Jesus is inviting you, through guilt, to come to Him, be honest with what you have done, and experience His peace in place of the guilt. Physical healing only comes when we acknowledge our pain and sickness. In the same way, spiritual healing will only come when we acknowledge our sin to God, and continue to follow Him. Confess, so that, you may exchange your guilt for His grace and peace!