Facing Up to False Guilt

Thank you for joining me for our series on Identity & Worth. I for one can still struggle with finding my worth in God’s Word, even as I get older. We need to be reminded often. The truth about how precious we are to our Heavenly Father is something we can’t hear enough. We are valuable treasures to Him. Today’s devo teaches us how to face up to false guilt and not let it define who we are.

I didn’t understand it.

As we sat in the meeting that day, I couldn’t help but feel like fingers were pointing my direction. It started out like any other conversation, but now I stood under a cloud of accusation for something that clearly wasn’t my fault.

At least, it was clear to me. Maybe not so much to everyone else.

I went over and over the scene in my head, trying to figure out what went wrong. Where misunderstanding could’ve happened. Why would someone point to me in the midst of their pain? Was I taking this too personally? I wanted to figure out how to fix it. But when I couldn’t, I decided I’d just have to let it go.

Only, I couldn’t let it go. I had come face to face with false guilt.

False guilt happens when we feel guilty over something we have no control over, or something that’s not our fault. We ask God to search our hearts, and even though we feel free from wrongdoing, we still feel guilty. So we exhaust ourselves trying to make things right.

I know false guilt well. I’ve fallen into it’s snares more than a few times. I catch myself repeating the phrase, “It’s not my fault. It’s not my fault. It’s not my fault,” in an effort to find peace.

But reminding myself that “it’s not my fault” never brings the resolve I hope for. When false guilt threatens my worth, I have to face it with the Truth of who I am.

When false guilt threatens my worth, I can face up to it with the Truth of who I am. (Tweet this.)

False guilt can leave us feeling worthless. It can crush us under a weight of responsibility that isn’t even ours to carry. And when we try to rid ourselves of that burden through people-pleasing, the guilt only grows stronger.

The only way to let these guilt feelings go and find freedom is to face up to false guilt. See it for what it really is. Then recall how precious we are to God.

“So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows.” Matthew 10:31 NLT

Sometimes we can work so hard at being good that we forget where goodness begins. God is good, and through Him we will discover the best of ourselves. If we get caught up in pleasing others, however well-meaning our intentions may be, we lose sight of God’s sovereignty over our lives. Instead, we should give the guilt to Him and allow His mercy and grace to cover any conflict we face. 

God can reveal truth, calm hurting hearts, and bring peace.

If you’ve allowed false guilt to have a place in your life, let today’s verse speak to your spirit. You are precious to God, and His thoughts toward you are good. We can face up to false guilt with the Truth of His Word and rest in our dependence on Him.