Guilt is "a feeling of having committed wrong or failed in an obligation," says the Oxford English Dictionary (2013). You might recognize it as a very uncomfortable feeling; however, it's important to understand this feeling can be superimposed on you even when you haven't committed any wrongdoing!
For example, you've discovered a good opportunity for you to grow emotionally, academically, or financially and discovered a new skill of interest that you wish to explore. In your mindset, you haven't found anything wrong with taking up this new venture; on the contrary, you found it to be so beneficial that you expressed your newfound interest with another person. Upon sharing with your associate this newfound interest, the close associate just rips your interest into shreds and just make you feel aweful and horrible. At that moment, all you can think is, "What did I do wrong? I didn't break any rules! Why am I feeling this bad?" Because of the fact that the feeling is so strong and you don't want to feel this emotional pain, it's more than likely that you will try to appease your associate than to take up that new prospective venture.
We ourselve have thought, "Why would anyone purposely superimpose such a horrible feeling? Why couldn't they just be happy for you?" Besides, no one likes to feel bad, right?
The Bible answers these very questions. It says, "Like greedy dogs, they are never satisfied. They are ignorant shepherds, all following their own path and intent on personal gain" (Isaiah 56:11). In other words, the associate gets upset because they themself didn't think about taking up this new venture. Yes, they're upset at the fact that you're benefiting and they're not, and they're simply too greedy with your ideas and plans that they do not want you to have them. Simply put, their attitude is that "if I can't have it, neither can you."
You may not realize this, but some will push your buttons and make you feel very uncomfortable. They know that they're pushing your buttons and they are intent on robbing you of your own personal identity, self-esteem, perspectives of self-worth, your own possessions and even your social standing for their own personal gain in the most inappropriate way. As a disciple of the teachings of Messiah Yeshua, the more appropriate question to ask is, "Can this uncomfortable feeling affect my personal relation with Elohim?" The fact is that it can, and a true believer of Messiah Yeshua would not superimpose these awful feelings to another fellow brother or sister in Messiah.
"Dear friends, if we don't feel guilty, we can come to Elohim with bold confidence" (1 John 3:21).
Given that confidence provides believers with the self-assurance needed to enter into the Heavenly Father's throne of grace, just imagine the damaging effects that superimposed guilt can do to someone who hasn't done any harm? Without a shadow of a doubt, it's simply wrong for anyone to play with your feelings. It's also wrong in the sense that it discourages true followers of the teachings of Messiah Yeshua from having that bold confidence to enter into the Heavenly Father's throne of grace and obtain his blessings.
In short, we shouldn't allow anyone to play with our feelings and interrupt our sense of spirituality. The Bible says that "even if we feel guilty, Elohim is greater than our feelings, and he knows everything" (1 John 3:20). If anything, take confidence in what the Heavenly Father has placed in your hands to do and don't get wrapped up into how some, who are only interested in taking hold of your possessions, may react to your good report. With Elohim, all things are possible.
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