By Pastor Joe Palmer
Fellowship Baptist Church
It is a peculiar thing we feel when our conscience yells at us and tells us that we have done wrong. It is peculiar because it only makes sense if we assume God’s existence and immanent presence. But it is universal. Every person on the planet has felt at least a slight tug from somewhere deep inside which says, “You have done wrong, and you are not right with God.”
In a “Crocodile Dundee” movie the Australian hero of the show makes a memorable statement when he says, “God is my mate.” That is, he meant that God was his close friend.
God is my close friend too, even though I have, do, and will sin. God is my friend because I have been reconciled to Him through the death of Jesus Christ. Jesus paid the debt for my sin, so that I could be considered sinless even though I am not.
Guilt is a nightmare. Most of us manage it either by trusting in Christ or by denying its existence. But for many who are “mentally ill” it is their primary problem. 20% of institutionalized mental health patients, could walk out of those institutions as a normal person if they could feel forgiven.
If you want to find freedom from guilt, or if you want to help others find it, then plan on joining us on September 8 at Fellowship Baptist Church at 6 pm to watch videos of professional Christian counselors who will teach us how to care for people God’s way.
2 Corinthians 5:20-21, “Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 21 He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
If you would like to talk with me (Pastor Joe Palmer of Fellowship Baptist) about it, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.