With this purpose for guilt, and with such amazing grace, why is it that so many Christians feel so guilty all the time?
At his blog today, Kevin DeYoung asks this question and provides four basic reasons why he thinks so many Christians feel so guilty:
- We don’t fully embrace the good news of the gospel.
- Christians tend to motivate each other by guilt rather than grace.
- Most of our low-level guilt falls under the ambiguous category of “not doing enough.”
- When we are truly guilty of sin it is imperative we repent and receive God’s mercy.
DeYoung believes that grace is the answer:
. . . the best preaching ought to make sincere Christians see more of Christ and experience more of his grace. Deeper grace will produce better gratitude, which means less guilt. And that’s a good thing all the way around.Yes it is, but why limit the prescription just to preaching? Why not offer all the means of grace that Christ affords his church? Yes, preaching is important, necessary and foundational, but seeing in communion what is spoken in a sermon is also important, necessary and beneficial.
Do you seem to feel guilty all the time? The bread that came down from heaven makes himself available for you to feed upon him, and hence, be invigorated by the heavenly realities in him. Maybe you're not eating enough.