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Guilt usually arises out of unrealistic expectations, and these expectations are either created by you or given to you from other people.

Maybe those expectations come from your parents. Maybe those expectations come from your religion. Maybe those expectations come from the other people you work with, or work for. Or maybe, just maybe, you feel like you’ve let God down, that He is terribly disappointed with you, and you can never measure up no matter how hard you try.

Quite frankly, religion is very adept at motivating people with guilt. They want you to attend more, give more, volunteer more, and if you don’t, they have an incredible way of making you feel guilty, and leading you to believe that not only will the church be disappointed with you, but God will be disappointed with you also.

When the guilt goes unresolved, it develops into condemnation – a feeling of worthlessness. A feeling of despair. A feeling that there is no hope for you. A feeling that life is not worth living. That feeling of condemnation is NOT healthy. That is something that needs to be dealt with. And that is the purpose of this teaching.

Chip Brogden
CHIP BROGDEN is a best-selling author, teacher, and former pastor who shares "real, simple, truth" about a Christ-centered faith that is based on relationship, not religion. Learn more »

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