Message In Stanza

Poetry and Musings

Do you ever feel like in your mind you are in court? You are standing next to the judge waiting for your verdict? You wonder, will you be let off easy for your crime with a volunteer commitment? Or will you have to pay a hefty fine? Or even worse, serve some time? This is what our lives feel like before we know Christ. But unfortunately, many Christians feel this way, although they have already accepted Jesus’s sacrifice on the cross.

'Think of it this way: the jury has given you 25 years to get your act together.'

They may slumber in their sleep a little while longer, previewing in their minds how they will play out their days, staying close to their satin sheets, pretending they are resting on puffy white clouds, enclosed in safety and love. We all have low seasons in our lives or moments when we need to recharge more. But according to the World Health Organization there are 300 million depressed people worldwide. (Link: https://www.verywellmind.com/depression-statistics-everyone-should-know-4159056). That statistic is staggering! With a statistic like that we probably encounter a depressed person at least once a week or daily, depending on how many people you interact with on a daily basis.

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This musing isn’t to bring about guilt but rather awareness on God’s better plan for your life. For the well-known Bible verse in 2 Timothy 1:7 says, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear,  but of power  and of love and of a sound mind” (NKJV). When Jesus died on the cross for every believer and yet to be believer He had one goal in mind: to spend eternity with you. You are His beloved. You are a diadem in the hands of our Creator. (Isaiah 62:3 ). The veil that separated you and God was torn in two (Matthew 27:51). This allows you and I to have full access to relationship with God. Is that a part of the
“good news?” 🙂

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But I know depression. However, I also know there is hope for those dark days that never seem to end where you spend countless days in your mind and room. I believe a lot of depression, at least for me, is when you wrestle with false guilt. You blame yourself for something you shouldn’t. As an example, you couldn’t make it to your friend’s young son’s birthday party because you already had a lot on your plate from bills, a sick husband, and dishes piling up. You tell your friend and she unintentionally makes you feel guilty. This isn’t my exact story but I have heard of such instances where the guilt heaps on. I struggle with anxiety and bad organizational skills, so I can only do some much in a day. If I accomplish 4 out of the 6 things that day the guilt feels like heavy concrete on my heart. But I did accomplish something that day, right? But some days it’s never enough for me. I am standing in a court of my own making in front of the judge. But friends, hear this, God is a merciful Judge. Hebrews 12:23 18:25 (b) states, “You have come to God, the Judge of all, to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, 24 to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel” (NIV).  And Genesis 18:25 (B) proclaims, “Will not the Judge of all the earth do right?” (NIV). Rest in peace, my fellow humans, leave that courtroom if you are filled with false guilt or depression and go straight into your loving Father’s arms.  There you find clarity and resolution beyond comprehension. 🙂

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12 thoughts on “Monday Musings: The Link Between Depression and False Guilt. Is There Hope?

  1. Alan says:

    The book “A Course in Miracles” teaches that all guilt is false guilt because we cannot change who we are. We were created as holy and sinless as God and we cannot change our eternal nature. We make mistakes in thinking, and these mistakes can make us suffer temporarily, but we cannot permanently change who we are. These ideas are new for most people, and I don’t expect everyone to accept them, but they are good news to me. Here is part of a poem that I wrote about this subject:

    Though mistaken you have often been,
    You have never committed a mortal sin,
    For a mortal sin would condemn you to hell,
    With no release, as you seem to know well;
    But all your errors can be undone
    By the Holy Spirit, one by one.
    —from “Your Salvation Is Not Far”

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    1. Thanks for sharing, Alan! 🙂 That is an intriguing concept you have there. While I believe God is all good and sinless, I however, still believe that we all fall short of the glory of God because of our sinful nature. But since God is such a loving Papa, He will provide a way for many to be saved. At the same time, no one wants to do wrong (Our DNA is God’s DNA) but because of the fall we sometimes suffer from real things we should feel guilty about. Does that make sense? That’s fine if you see things differently but I just want to know if I am making sense or not.

      I will read that book though. It may challenge me a little bit, in a good way. And by the way, beautiful poem! 🙂 It explains the concept nicely.

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      1. Alan says:

        Your statement makes sense to me because I am familiar with traditional Christianity. But we can agree to disagree for now.

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      2. Ok. I’ll check out that book sometime and let you know what I think. Have a good day. 🙂

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  2. I learned as a teenager the meaning of 1 John 1:9. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” To confess means to agree with. So when we agree with God, each time we sin, that what we have done is a sin that grieves Him, we have His promise that He will not only forgive us our sins, but cleanse us from ALL unrighteousness. When we cling to this promise like Jesus clung to God’s word in the wilderness, the lying spirit of guilt has to go!

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    1. That’s right! A lot of our false guilt, I believe, is rooted in believing the enemy’s lies. We can ask those thoughts to leave, in Jesus’s name! But part of me writing this piece was also to encourage others to know that Jesus is a good Judge! The title of this musing could be deceiving, implying that we cannot overcome this false guilt and depression. Would, “There is hope for depression and false guilt” be a better fitting title, do you think? I am just curious. 🙂

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  3. Perhaps “Depression and false guilt – There is hope!” would be better. But even if you kept the title the same, what would make it clearer would be to break up the big paragraph under the diadem picture. Like this:
    “But I know depression.

    However, I also know

    THERE IS HOPE FOR THOSE DARK DAYS that never seem to end where you spend countless days in your mind and room!!!

    I believe a lot of depression, at least for me, is when you wrestle with false guilt. You blame yourself for something you shouldn’t.

    As an example, you couldn’t make it to your friend’s young son’s birthday party because you already had a lot on your plate from bills, a sick husband, and dishes piling up. You tell your friend and she unintentionally makes you feel guilty.

    This isn’t my exact story but I have heard of such instances where the guilt heaps on. I struggle with anxiety and bad organizational skills, so I can only do some much in a day. If I accomplish 4 out of the 6 things that day the guilt feels like heavy concrete on my heart. But I did accomplish something that day, right?

    But some days it’s never enough for me. I am standing in a court of my own making in front of the judge. But friends, hear this:

    GOD IS A MERCIFUL JUDGE!!

    Hebrews 12:23 18:25 (b) states, “You have come to God, the Judge of all, to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, 24 to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel” (NIV).

    And Genesis 18:25 (B) proclaims, “Will not the Judge of all the earth do right?” (NIV).

    Rest in peace, my fellow humans!

    Leave that courtroom of your own making if you are filled with false guilt or depression and go straight into your loving Father’s arms!

    You will find there clarity and resolution beyond comprehension!! 🙂”

    Bold and italicize the Scripture verses. Do ALL CAPS and bold them on the most important words of your message, and write them on a line of their own. (Like THERE IS HOPE! or GOD IS A MERCIFUL JUDGE!) You could also use an even bigger font by using the paragraph function for those main messages that you want to emphasize.

    Hope this helps. If you go back to my 2015 blog posts, you’ll see that I didn’t know this stuff either. I’ve learned as I went along. What you’ve said is very good! It just needs to have some spaces and emphasis added to make it easier for busy people to read on a screen and to know what, exactly, are the most important things that you want the reader to leave with.

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    1. Thank you. I have a lot to think about. I’ll give a more in depth reply when I have a more time. Thanks for the feedback. ☺

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    2. I love these suggestions. I have never thought of breaking up the paragraphs like that or using italics or bolded font. It is definitely more user-friendly for the eyes and busy readers.

      I also love how you reorganized the paragraphs. it probably makes more sense to start with depression and false guilt and go from there.

      Why did you decide to not include this paragraph: “This musing isn’t to bring about guilt but rather awareness on God’s better plan for your life. For the well-known Bible verse in 2 Timothy 1:7 says, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” (NKJV). When Jesus died on the cross for every believer and yet to be believer He had one goal in mind: to spend eternity with you. You are His beloved. You are a diadem in the hands of our Creator. (Isaiah 62:3 ). The veil that separated you and God was torn in two (Matthew 27:51). This allows you and I to have full access to relationship with God. Is that a part of the
      “good news?””

      Thanks for your help, again, Loved By the King of Kings. 🙂 :hug:

      Sincerely,

      Carly (Message In Stanza)

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      1. Carly, I didn’t mean that you should leave out that paragraph at all! I think that the last paragraph was just so long with no spaces that I started to get lost in it. The paragraph you just mentioned is great also! I’ll send suggestions via contact page.

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      2. I sent you some emails. 🙂 Take care.

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