Guilt Riddance
‘For I always do those things that please Him.’ –John 8:29 (NKJV)

In all things, Jesus is our perfect example, even when it comes to dealing with guilt. There were a couple of occasions where people tried to place a guilt trip on Jesus in an effort to get Him to do something. The way He deals with this is powerful in showing us how we can get rid of guilt.
At the wedding feast in Cana, Jesus’ mother drew His attention to the fact that the wine had run out and that the celebration was about to come to an abrupt end. Perhaps Mary’s family was giving the wedding feast, and she wanted to avoid the disgrace of a wine shortage, or maybe Mary wanted to use this as an opportunity for Jesus to publicly demonstrate His power, thus vindicating her reputation. Whatever the reason, Mary seems to play the guilt card: ‘They have no wine’ (John 2:3 NKJV). He miraculously meets the need but only after He draws her attention to the fact that ‘My hour has not yet come’ (John 2:4 NKJV). This was another way of saying that His Father’s divine timeline was His first consideration.

Later on, Jesus was being pursued by a multitude that He had miraculously fed by multiplying bread and fish. They finally corner Him and in a not-so-subtle way ask Him to feed them again: ‘Lord, give us this bread always’ (John 6:34 NKJV). A lesser man would have bowed to the pressure of a multitude asking for food. But Jesus knew they were asking for the wrong reasons and refused to respond out of guilt. Instead, He told them that He hadn’t come to do His own will, ‘. . . but the will of Him who sent Me’ (John 6:38 NKJV).

Jesus never acted or responded out of a sense of guilt. Instead, He allowed His Father’s will to determine what He would do and when He would do it. The next time we feel obligated to do something out of guilt, we need to remember Jesus’ example. And before we act, pray and evaluate if it’s the Father’s will. If it’s not, then we shouldn’t be moved by the guilt trip.

-Pastor Bob Coy, Calvary Chapel