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Guilt

There is much said in psychology concerning guilt because people recognized it as a reality in life and, because it affects us so deeply, they want to understand it clearly and define it related to behavior. Guilt can take us down many paths, a few defined as: guilt over what you did; over what you didn't do, but desired to do; over what you thought you did but are not really sure; over not doing enough to help others in their situations; or over the fact that you seem to be doing better than others. WOW! I can remember instances of each of these in my life, how about you? But here's the truth. Guilt is a healthy part of a "normal" person's life. It connects with the idea of a conscience. Guilt is noted as a "guilty conscience" and requires the need of clearing that conscience to return to right relationship with self, another, a group of others, or God. When done this can restore joy and peace to a life, but when avoided but needing to be done can bring …

Suffering

Suffering  There are some beautiful pictures of Jesus with thousands gathered around him as he speaks to them and feeds them. His compassion is overwhelming and his love for friend and enemy is strong. He earnestly desired the salvation of all, even the scribes, Pharisees and Sadducees who plotted to kill him. Picture the circumstances when he said, "Daughters of Jerusalem, don't weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children. For the days are coming when they will say, 'Fortunate indeed are the women who are childless, the wombs that have not borne a child and the breasts that have never nursed.' People will beg the mountains, 'Fall on us,' and plead with the hills, 'Bury us.' For if these things are done when the tree is green, what will happen when it is dry?" (Luke 23:28-31) The circumstances are that Jesus had been up all night, wept in the Garden of Gethsemane, put under arrest and bounced from the Sanhedrin to Pilate to Herod, bea…

The Godly

There are two pictures given to us in the psalms that illustrate the life of a godly person. Both of them are the life and character of two different trees. Consider this statement, "The godly will flourish like palm trees and grow strong like the cedars of Lebanon." (Psalm 92:12) The palm tree is a slender but tall tree, noted as "majestic, green, and beautiful." It grows slowly, but steadily. You can see its growth through the height it continues to attain and through its faithfulness no matter what the season whether rain-filled or parched. One author has said, "There it stands, looking calmly down upon the world below, and patiently yielding its large clusters of golden fruit from generation to generation." It is the illustration of patience in well-doing, and of the reward of the righteous…flourishing and yielding fruit even in old age. The other illustration is the cedar tree. Cedars are found 6,000 feet above the Mediterranean Sea in Lebanon. These t…