|“When God bestows His abundance upon you, He expects you to be grateful, for you are blessed. But never forget that that is only half the equation; the more you have the more accountable you are.“ Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt”)
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“Come to your right mind, and sin no more. For some have no knowledge of God. I say this to your shame.” 1 Corinthians 15:34
People can be guilty without feeling a sense of guilt and shame. Dietrich Bonhoffer, the German Lutheran pastor, was executed for plotting Hitler’s death. He freely admitted his guilt, but gave no indication that he felt guilty, and his death carried no shame for him. Many consider him a martyr.
You do not have to rebel to incur guilt. All violations of God’s commandments bring guilt in an objective sense. “But he who did not know, and did what deserved a beating, shall receive a light beating.”359 You need the blood of Christ to satisfy God’s wrath, not only for the sins you willfully commit, but also for those transgressions of which you are not aware.
Guilt is the consequence of sin, irrespective of the sinner’s attitude or feelings of guilt. You can rebel against the commandments of God and feel justified doing it. Consequently the sin carries no shame. For example, a person in an unhappy marriage divorces, knowing that Scripture prohibits such a course of action. But because of the circumstances, he feels God’s law ought to make an exception for him, and thus he feels no guilt or shame.
When you know you have broken the commandments of God, but have lost your sense of shame, your guilt is compounded. People hide “because their deeds are evil.”360 At least such people can identify their guilt, becoming candidates for the grace of God. But if you are guilty and feel no shame, what is your motive to repent?
359 Luke 12:48
Isaiah 30-31 Philippians 4 (New King James Version)
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Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
Therefore, I tell you, whatever you ask for in Prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. Mark 11:24
Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. James 5:16
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.” Psalm 91:2
Devote yourselves to Prayer, being watchful and thankful. Colossians 4:2
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The Prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. James 5:16
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