Fighting Guilt with the GospelThursday, March 10, 2005
Dan Cruver, of Baptist Bible College and Seminary, has a blog on www.eucatastrophe.com/blog. I've 'borrowed' his blog for two reasons. First, to advertise his (it already is in my side bar), and second, to help fight guilt with the gospel. Here's his blog today from Thomas Brooks.
“The remedy against this [guilt, discouragement over personal sin] is to look upon all your sins as charged upon the account of Christ. All your sins were made to meet upon Christ, as that evangelical prophet put it: ‘He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities, the chastisement of our peace was upon Him, and with His stripes we are healed.’ Saith the wife to the bill collector, ‘If I ower you anything, go to my husband’, so may a believer say to justice, ‘If I owe you anything, go to my Christ, who has underwritten me fully.’ I must not sit down discouraged, under the fear of those debts which Christ, to the utmost farthing, has full satisfied.
“The remedy against this…is, to solemnly consider, that believers must repent for their being discouraged by their sins…it springs from their refusal of the richness, freeness, fullness, and everlastingness of God’s love, and from their refusal of the power, glory, sufficiency and efficacy of the death and sufferings of the Lord Jesus Christ; and from their refusal of the worth, glory, fullness, largeness, and completeness of the righteousness of Jesus Christ…God did not give a believer a new heart for it to be rent and torn in pieces by discouragements” (Thomas Brooks).
A helpful resource in this area is John Piper's book, When You Don't Desire God, especially the chapter toward the latter end of the book subtitled, "How to Fight Gutsy Guilt."