Shouldn't we stop feeling guilty?

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From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: I think we need to stop focusing on our failures and shortcomings. We need to learn to be proud of what we are, and quit feeling guilty because we aren't perfect. We'll never be perfect anyway, no matter how hard we try. -- K.McN.

A: You're right on one point; we'll never be perfect in this life. But does that mean we ought to sit back and do nothing about our bad habits, or other things we do wrong? No, of course not.

One reason we need to be concerned about what you call our "failures and shortcomings" is because of the impact they have on others. If I am selfish and unconcerned about the needs of others, they will be hurt. If I habitually lie and cheat, others will be hurt. If I ignore my social responsibilities or act immorally, others will be hurt. As the Bible says, "For none of us lives for ourselves alone" (Romans 14:7).

But we also end up hurting ourselves. Bad habits always have bad consequences for us -- always. It may not be obvious at first; in fact, we may deceive ourselves into thinking we're on the right road. But we aren't. The Bible is clear: "Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction" (Galatians 6:8).


We must never be proud of our sin, nor should we merely accept ourselves just as we are. But listen: God does accept us just as we are! He knows all about us, including our sins and our failures -- and yet He still loves us, and He wants to come into our lives to forgive us and change us. And this can happen to you, as you turn to Jesus Christ and invite Him into your life. I urge you to make your decision for Christ today.


(This column is based on the words and writings of the late Rev. Billy Graham.)




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