Guilt Trip

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9

A man goes into a restaurant and orders a Coca-Cola. As soon as he receives it, he throws it in the waiter’s face.

The waiter’s ready to fight, but the man says, “Oh, I am so sorry. I have a horrible compulsion. I can’t help it. Every time someone hands me a drink, I throw it in their face. I feel so guilty. Please forgive me.” 

Then, the guy says, “Look, I’m working hard to overcome this compulsion. Would you bring me another Coke?” 

The waiter says, “You promise not to throw it in my face?” 

The man says, “I promise. I’m trying really had to resist. I’ll do better.” 

The waiter says, “Okay, I’ll get you another one.” 

The waiter comes back with another Coke, serves it to the man ... who immediately throws it in his face.

The waiter’s beside himself: “I thought you weren’t going to do that!” 

The guy is so embarrassed. “I’m sorry. I feel so guilty. I’ll get help. I won’t come back until I’m cured.” 

Then, he runs out of the restaurant.

Ninety days later, the same guy comes back to the same place. He sits at the same table, where the same waiter comes to wait on him.

“May I take your order?”

The man says, “Yes, I’ll have a Coca-Cola, please.”

The waiter says, “Hold on. I recognize you. Three months ago you threw two Cokes all over me.” 

The man says, “I know, and I felt so guilty. But I’ve been in intensive therapy for the last twelve weeks. I’m completely cured.” 

The waiter hesitates, but says, “Okay, if you’re cured, I’ll bring you a Coke.” 

The waiter brings out the Coke, the man takes it ... and throws it in the waiter’s face.

The soaked waiter sputters, “I thought you said you were cured.” 

The man says, “I am cured.”

The waiter says, “But you threw the drink right in my face.”

“Yes, but I don’t feel guilty about it anymore!”

That’s a silly story, but it illustrates a serious truth: There’s a big difference between being guilty and feeling guilty.

Being guilty is objective. It means we are responsible for doing something wrong, something harmful, something sinful. Feeling guilty is subjective. It means we feel ashamed or embarrassed for something we’ve done.

When it comes to your guilt, Satan will always deceive you, and God will always tell you the truth. Satan wants you to feel hopeless when you are guilty, so that you will stay far from God. God wants you to feel sorrowful when you are guilty, so that you will turn from your sin.

Will God allow us to feel bad about our sin? Absolutely He will. Grief and sorrow over our sin are among the ways that God bids us return to Him. 

2 Corinthians 7:10 says:

For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death.

Don’t spend your life on a guilt trip. Allow Jesus Christ to deliver you from being guilty and feeling guilty.

Have a great day and keep moving forward!