So.. guilt. Nobody likes feeling guilty. Everybody feels guilty to some degree sometimes. Sometimes we feel falsely guilty about things that are not are fault and are beyond are control, but a lot of the time we feel it because of something that is legitimately our fault. Now, whenever we feel guilt (legitimate guilt) we have a choice, two options of how we are going to react. We can either try to stop feeling it by ignoring it or trying to justify our actions, or we can actually try to make right whatever it is that we feel guilty about. I am all too often guilty of taking the first option. Pushing it under the rug, saying that it’s too late to do anything about it now, are my natural tendencies. But God is showing me that as much as I hate feeling it, legitimate guilt is a tool of God’s own creation that will work for us if we use it. It lets us know when we’ve sinned and motivates us to make things right. It is a signpost letting us know when we’re off the path. Guilt is like going to the dentist, only much, much cheaper. Neither is pleasant but both are necessary to keep us from bigger problems down the road. So here is my challenge for myself and for others: Thank God for guilt! Be grateful for conviction. And listen to it. Let it help you make the right choices and right the wrongs with God’s help.