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Topics: Sin

Q:

Are you supposed to feel guilty when you do something God doesn't like?


A:

Have you ever heard of someone whose nerves were damaged due to some illness, and as a result they couldn't tell if something (like their stove top) was hot? They risk danger every day, and it often leads to serious consequences.

And that's what concerns me about you -- not physically (like someone with damaged nerves), but spiritually, because your soul has become hardened toward God. To put it another way, your spiritual "nerves" have become so damaged that you can't hear either the voice of your own conscience or the voice of God. And this is dangerous, because it means God has no place in your life -- either now, or in eternity. The Bible warns, "A man who remains stiff-necked after many rebukes will suddenly be destroyed -- without remedy" (Proverbs 29:1).

How did this happen to you? The Bible says it happens when we continually ignore God and stubbornly insist on living for ourselves. Just as a workman's hands grow calloused from repeated contact with his tools, so our hearts become calloused when we persist in our sin. The Bible warns us not to "be hardened by sin's deceitfulness" (Hebrews 3:13).

My prayer is that you won't turn away from God any longer, but that you'll realize your need to have Jesus Christ take control of your life. God loves you; He loves you so much that He sent His Son to die for you. Open your heart and life to Christ, and discover the joy that comes only from living for Him.