Today’s Scripture: There is no soundness in my flesh because of thine anger; neither is there any rest in my bones because of my sin. For mine iniquities are gone over mine head: as an heavy burden they are too heavy for me. Psalm 38:3-4

Sometimes we use guilt to our advantage. There is good guilt and there is bad guilt. When life happens, how do we get by without letting our responses or reactions affect us? How do we move on? I don’t think God wants us to be a slave to guilt. I think we need to understand appropriate guilt – necessary, God-given guilt.

God has built this into our conscience and we know when we have done something wrong. We do not have to be told. Understand that it is possible to do something wrong for so long that we become calloused. However, everyone has that innate sense that he or she has done something wrong.

In our Scripture passage today, David talks about this idea of drowning in guilt. Certainly, he had plenty in his life to feel guilty about. This is necessary guilt, important guilt, guilt that is deserved.

Many people will say, “Well, I have never committed adultery or murder.”

However, Jesus said if you have had hatred in your heart, it is as if you have committed murder. He also said if you have looked on someone with lust, you have committed adultery in your heart. You do not have to go forward with an act, and if you have considered it and done it in your mind, God says you have done it. You then have that same guilt on your hands as David had.

This was a horrible time for David. He was a good king, a godly king, a man after God’s own heart, but because he slipped in a small area, it led to a big sin. These things would eventually come back to haunt him over and over in his life. Yes, God forgives, but there are still consequences to sin.

Devotional by Jim Scudder, Jr.