Sermon quotes on guilt

Randy Alcorn

The way to no longer feel guilty is not to deny guilt, but to face it and ask for God’s forgiveness.

The Grace and Truth Paradox, 2003.

Voddie Baucham

Guilt comes from within. Shame comes from without.

Ever Loving Truth Conference, 2016.

Bialystock and Leo Bloom (Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder)

We find the defendants incredibly guilty.

The Producers (motion picture) (1968).

Jerry Bridges

We tend to drag up our old sins, that we tend to live under a vague sense of guilt…we are not nearly as vigorous in appropriating God’s forgiveness as He is in extending it. Consequently, instead of living in the sunshine of God’s forgiveness through Christ, we tend to live under an overcast sky of guilt most of the time.

The Gospel for Real Life, NavPress, 2002.

Jerry Bridges

This is not make-believe. You are indeed guilty in yourself, but God no longer regards you as guilty, because the guilt of your sin has already been borne by Christ as your substitute. The sentence has been served. The penalty has been paid. To use Paul’s expression, you have died to sin’s guilt.

The Gospel for Real Life, NavPress, 2002.

Phillips Brooks

The only way to get rid of your past is to make a future out of it. God will waste nothing.

Erma Bombeck

Guilt: the gift that keeps on giving.

Brene Brown

I believe that there is a profound difference between shame and guilt. I believe that guilt is adaptive and helpful – it’s holding something we’ve done or failed to do up against our values and feeling psychological discomfort.

I define shame as the intensely painful feeling or experience of believing that we are flawed and therefore unworthy of love and belonging – something we’ve experienced, done, or failed to do makes us unworthy of connection.

I don’t believe shame is helpful or productive. In fact, I think shame is much more likely to be the source of destructive, hurtful behavior than the solution or cure. I think the fear of disconnection can make us dangerous.

Found at Brene Brown.Com

John Bunyan

No child of God sins to that degree as to make himself incapable of forgiveness.

Michael Connelly

“There is no client as scary as an innocent man.”

The Lincoln Lawyer

Giovanni Frazzetto

Guilt is a moral emotion, perhaps the quintessential moral emotion, and is therefore about values.

Joy, Guilt, Anger, Love (p. 45). Penguin Publishing Group.

Anna Godbersen

“We see our sins reflected everywhere: in the pallor of our intimates’ faces, in the scratching of tree branches against windows, in the strange movements of everyday objects.”

The Luxe

Maureen Johnson

“Guilt isn’t always a rational thing, Clio realized. Guilt is a weight that will crush you whether you deserve it or not.”

Girl at Sea

Franz Kafka

“My guiding principle is this: Guilt is never to be doubted.”

The Metamorphosis: And Other Stories, Schocken, p.198.

Madeleine L’engle

I am grateful, too, to Lewis for having the courage to yell, to doubt, to kick at God with angry violence. This is a part of healthy grief not often encouraged.

Foreword to A Grief Observed, by C. S. Lewis (New York: HarperOne, 2009), p.10.

Max Lucado

When he says we’re forgiven, let’s unload the guilt. When he says we’re valuable, let’s believe him. . . . When he says we’re provided for, let’s stop worrying. God’s efforts are strongest when our efforts are useless.

Grace for the Moment: Morning and Evening Devotional Journal, Thomas Nelson Inc, 2013, p.640.

Max Lucado

When grace moves in… guilt moves out.

Rosamund Lupton

“I get up and pace the room, as if I can leave my guilt behind me. But it tracks me as I walk, an ugly shadow made by myself.”


Audre Lorde

Guilt is not a response to anger; it is a response to one’s own actions or lack of action.

Peter McWilliams

Guilt is anger directed at ourselves.

Life 101: Everything We Wish We Had Learned about Life in School–but Didn’t, Mary Book / Prelude Press.

Alan Redpath

It’s Satan’s delight to tell me that once he’s got me, he will keep me. But at that moment I can go back to God. And I know that if I confess my sins, God is faithful and just to forgive me.

William Shakespeare

“So full of artless jealousy is guilt, It spills itself in fearing to be spilt.”


R.C. Sproul

Perhaps the reason you feel guilty is because you are guilty.  The answer to your guilt problem is not rationalization or self-justification, but forgiveness.  The price of forgiveness is repentance.  Without it there is no forgiveness and no relief from the reality of guilt.

The Intimate Marriage, P&R Publishing, 1975, p. 127.

John Steinbeck

I have never smuggled anything in my life. Why, then, do I feel an uneasy sense of guilt on approaching a customs barrier?

Travels with Charley: in Search of America, Penguin, 1980, fp.51.

June Price Tangney

One of the most hopeful and gratifying conclusions to come out of our 12 years of research on  shame and guilt is that that notion of morality is wrong. Dead wrong. You don’t have to feel really bad to be a good person. In fact, if anything, the data suggest to the contrary.  In the realm of moral emotions, more is not necessarily better. Moderately painful feelings of guilt about  specific behaviors  motivate people to behave in a moral, caring, socially responsible manner. In contrast, intensely painful feelings of  shame do not appear to steer people in a constructive,  moral direction. Such intense moral pain about the self cuts to our core, exacting a heavy “penance ” perhaps. But rather than motivating reparative action, shame often motivates denial,  defensive anger and aggression.

qtd. in June Price Tangney, Ronda L. Dearing, Shame and Guilt (Guilford Press, 2003)

Thoughts of Dog

i had a long talk. with my fren. about how to spot. a fake ball throw. the optimal strategy. is to follow the ball. with your eyes. instead of your heart.


Edward Welch

Guilt is an excellent warning light that says something is wrong. Yet when it persists too long, it provides fuel for Satan’s lies and strangulates spiritual growth.

Blame in on the Brain? P&R Publishing, 1998, p. 124.

Mark Twain

Man is the Only Animal that Blushes. Or needs to.

Following the Equator (1897)

Malcom Guite

Most of us are under pressure, external and internal, to do everything, be good at everything, be accountable to everyone for everything! It is not so. In the divine economy each of us has a particular grace, gift and devotion. Finding out what that is, and learning how to be guilt-free about not doing everything else, may be part of what our Lenten journey is for.

The Word in the Wilderness (Hymns Ancient & Modern Ltd., 2014).

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