Guilt is subtle and insidious.

Guilt whispers that you should continually grieve and that it would be wrong for you to enjoy life even just a little. It will perch on your shoulder and chant, "You should feel good about feeling bad. This is your life. This is your lot." The reality, however, is that you should enjoy life more fully because you have grieved.

"Finally the day does come when you do begin to feel better," says Dr. Ray Pritchard. "That is the grace of God. Then you begin to feel guilty. That is normal too. Don’t give in to that feeling of guilt."

Thank God for His saving grace. Then immerse yourself in God’s Word and use it to strike down guilt when it starts whispering in your ear.

"For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart" (Hebrews 4:12).

Lord Jesus, sometimes I feel like I’m betraying my loved one because I’m starting to feel better. Help me to truly understand how wrong these thoughts are, and help me to stand firm in the power of Your Word. Amen.