Guilt - What It Is and What To Do About It

Randy Patten August 26, 2006

GUILT: WHAT IT IS AND WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT
Introduction
o Who is guilty?
o Of what?
1. What is __________?
A. It is a __________ and judicial term that implies criminal responsibility in the eyes of a
court of law, whether that court is human or __________.
B. It is ________________ or culpability to punishment for wrongdoing.
C. We have all done things by ___________ and by choice that make us guilty before a holy
God (Romans 3:10, 23; 6:23).
2. Guilt has _____________ , significant price tags (Psalm 38:1-18).
A. (v. 2a) Internal ________ I. (v. 8b) ________________ agitation
B. (v. 2b) Spiritual _______________ J. (v. 10a) _____________ palpitations
C. (v. 3) Physical ______________ K. (v. 10b) Sad ________
D. (v. 4) Heavy ______________ L. (v. 11) _______________________
E. (v. 5) Worsening ____________________ M. (v. 12) ______________________
F. (v. 6) Daily ______________ N. (v. 17) _______________________
G. (v. 7) ________________ O. (v. 18) _______________________
H. (v. 8a) Loss of ____________
NANC – all rights reserved Page 2 of 2 Guilt: What It Is and What To Do About It 8/24/06
3. God's Word has ____________ for handling your guilt.
A. Acknowledge it to ________ (1 John 1:5-8; Prov. 28:P13a)
B. __________ your sin to God (1 John 1:9; Prov. 28:13b; Psalm 51)
1) Unsaved = ________________ forgiveness (Rom. 10:3-10)
2) Saved = ________________ forgiveness ( 1 John 1:9-2:2)
C. Confess it to appropriate ____________ (Mt. 5:23-24; James 5:16)
E.g. “God has convicted me of how wrong I was when I ....................
I know I sinned not only against God but also against you. I have confessed my sin to
God and asked His forgiveness. I also want to confess my sin to you and ask your
forgiveness. Would you please forgive me?
D. Make _____________________ (Luke 15:11-32; 19:8; Exod. 22:1-15; Prov. 6:30-31)
To make restitution means to repay someone for the loss they experienced because of your
sin.
E. ____________ (i.e. Repent)
1) _______________ (Rom. 6:11; Col. 3:1-3; 2 Cor. 10:5)
2) Sinful _______________ (Eph. 4:22-24; Col. 3: Romans 6:19)
Conclusion

Randy Patten

Executive Director of the National Association of Nouthetic Counselors