by Ernest Easley

How to Say ''Goodbye'' to the Ghost of Guilt
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
Psalm 38

If you haven't learned yet just how personal and practical the Bible is .. I believe that you're going to in the next few minutes. What you're going to discover this morning about guilt from the 38th Psalm .. a lot of people pay a lot of money to psychologist learn.

When it comes to helping you deal with guilt .. the psychologist may be able to help you deal with guilty feelings .. but they cannot help you deal with the guilt that causes those feelings.

There is not a physician alive that can cut away your guilt. All they can do is deaden the feeling or help you rationalize it. Let me tell you why it is so important for you to learn how to say ''goodbye'' to the ghost of guilt: Most people that are in mental institutions are there because they never learned how to deal with guilt!

Now that in itself ought to motivate you when it comes to saying goodbye to guilt! It will keep you sane! You say, ''Pastor, I'm dealing with some guilt today, but I can't imagine my guilt landing me in a mental hospital.'' Perhaps not .. but it could land you in a hospital. I read in one publication this week that claimed up to 75% of the people in hospitals today with physical illnesses have sicknesses rooted in guilt!

So .. what is guilt, anyway? Well .. most people would say that guilt is the feeling you have when you've done something wrong .. and THAT'S wrong. That is not what guilt is. That is the feeling of guilt.

You say, ''What's the difference?'' Well .. suppose you put your hand on a hot stove and burn your hand. Well .. the nerves are going to send a message to your brain saying, ''Move your hand dummy, you're burning yourself.''

Now let me ask you something: what is that burn on your hand? It's not the pain you feel .. the burn is the raw skin and blisters. Now when describing guilt .. we describe it as pain and feelings .. but that's not what guilt is. The pain is the result ...

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