When I was young, I used to torment myself with feelings of guilt over not being good enough, not praying enough, or saying an inappropriate word. I had been told by a youth director that every time that I did something wrong it was like I was crucifying Christ myself all over again and He felt all of that pain again. Looking back at that time of extreme guilt, I realize that the guilt itself was hell. The objective was salvation but the approach was based on "not screwing up." With that mentality, I felt further separated from Spirit every day. I began to wonder what was missing and I began to question why I never felt any better. I felt as if I was living in hell already. Because of that experience, I began to question everything. The question that I have now is... If guilt is hell, what is it's opposite?
As I matured, I began to think of the guilt as unnecessary. It was unnecessary because I had remembered that I was connected with God, not separated from Him. The truth that I had never been separated and that I had been created in His image were what lead me to grace. None of us can or will earn our way into salvation. We won't do enough good, feed enough homeless, go on enough missions, or anything else to convince our ego that we have made it. We live in the guilt of separation when we believe in that illusion. When our ego, rather than Spirit, is in charge of defining us, then we cling to the guilt and self-deprecation in order to feel sorry enough that we will be loved. We never will feel loved enough when we believe that we have separated from the Spirit. When we live separated, we live in guilt.
The opposite of guilt, to me, is peace. When our ego is in charge, we are guilty. When Spirit is in charge, we are at peace. And if guilt is hell, the peace is heaven. What we experience right here and right now is base on whether we claim truth or whether we claim the illusion. My holiness is my connectedness with God and it is the truth of my holiness that is my salvation. It is connectedness with God through Spirit that allows me to live without guilt and therefore at peace, and in heaven right now.
Today, I choose peace. I choose to claim the truth that my holiness is my salvation! If guilt is hell, what is it's opposite for you?
To Your Success,
Jody N Holland
Jody is a writer, motivational speaker, consultant, and entrepreneur. He has been the keynote speaker at over 250 events around the world. Jody speaks more than 150 times per year at different programs, and he has given more than 10,000 speeches during his career.