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47. How to Say Goodbye to Guilt for Good

And how to embrace God's grace instead.

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Guilt is an interesting emotion and not a fun one, at that. But we've all dealt with it, and sadly, some of us live under its weight every day. In this episode, Julie discusses healthy and unhealthy guilt, and shares steps how to finally say goodbye to the guilt in our lives for good. You won't want to miss this one. Join encourager, Julie Lefebure, each Tuesday morning as she offers real encouragement for your real life right now through a fresh, hope-filled perspective, a lighthearted inspiration, and Biblical insight, all in about 15 minutes. Each episode will lift your spirits and equip you to be a light in this world. Find extra encouragement at julielefebure.com/resources/.

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Guilt. It's an interesting emotion, isn't it? And it's never a pleasant one. Yet, we've all experienced it and know the weight it carries. It can stand in the way of our relationship with God, His love, and His grace. It can be so strong, so intense, we may begin to question God’s love for us. How could God love someone like me, with what I've done and the guilt I carry? We're discussing this in today's episode, and in it we'll find some help and hope in how to say goodbye to guilt for good and live in God's grace.

Joyce Meyer once said, "We are not built for guilt. It damages our souls and personalities, even our health." Isn't that so true? Yet, many of us have carried guilt for so long, it's become a part of us.

So, what do we do about guilt?

I know guilt is not pleasant to set our thoughts on it, but in order for us to say goodbye to guilt, we must first recognize it. So take a moment to think about guilt. What have you felt guilty about recently?

Mental health professionals say a variety of kinds of guilt exist. Today we're lumping them into two… I call them healthy guilt and unhealthy guilt. I explain both in the episode with examples.

This kind of guilt can be useful and productive. Feeling bad after messing up or doing something wrong or committing a sin can actually be a good thing. No, it may not feel good, but in the big scheme of life, it can be good.

This kind of guilt corrects. This kind of guilt says I’m still a good person even though I did something bad.

The other kind of guilt, the unhealthy kind, says I’m a bad person because I did something bad. You see? There’s a difference. One says “I did something wrong.” The other says “I am wrong.” This is where guilt becomes unhealthy and can turn to shame.

Whereas God uses the good kind of guilt for our good and growth, the enemy of our souls uses this unhealthy kind against us. If our enemy can accuse us with guilt, he can make us ineffective in life.

I share one situation in particular where I've felt the weight of guilt for years, and it has to do with something I wish I would have done differently. We discuss 6 steps to saying goodbye to guilt for good, along with supporting scriptures.

Today and every day from here on out, let's lay those shackles down. Let's live in God's grace and say goodbye to guilt for good. Freedom in God's grace awaits us. Amen? Amen. God bless you.

Links in this episode:

Psalm 40:2 VOICE
1 John 1:9 VOICE
Psalm 103:12 VOICE
Philippians 1:6 NIV
James 4:7-8 MSG
Romans 5:1 VOICE
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