I'm no longer the person I used to be, and the person I am now, may not necessarily be the person I will be tomorrow; but the type of person I will end up becoming, depends on the measure I put in and it is this way, God gives each man, the measure they deserve. I never know what the next day is going to bring and everyday might have some new challenges that might throw me back or push me forward. Each morning, I wake up in a different spirit, that, even if I go to bed happy, I might for some reason, wake up angry or in some other mood; and however God determines I wake up, also determines the level of challenges I'm about to experience throughout that day and depending on how I deal with the challenges, God will either give or take away the length of life from my spirit, because every deed deserves its Just reward/consequence. And God taught me that every person born into this world, is given an opportunity to either accumulate eternal life or squander the life they were given til their death.
I have learned in countless situations how to balance out my emotions and my spirit but I have not mastered them all. In fact, I sometimes still allow myself to ride on the high tides of good or bad feelings, sensations or thoughts, and when they become accompanied by bad consequences, I begin to accumulate regrets. No one wants to live with regrets but when we have them, it's not wise to disregard them and continue living life the same way, because then, we will accumulate more regrets. I know that most people believe it is more healthier for them to live with tossing regrets aside, which is why many people accept what they did and move on, without carrying any guilt. But from what I observed, doing that have caused them to hurt more people and by not learning to have regret at all, makes them believe they did nothing wrong when they continue making mistakes because of the refusal to carry guilt. This is when God takes away their measure of life without mercy; for, He has no compassion on those who lack understanding. (Isa 27:11)
Before I learned about guilt, God showed me my experiences with making bad choices and doing wrong things, have caused Him to take away certain measures of life from me, according to the measure of my deeds, for the cost of hurting other people. But He told me not to give up because I could accumulate more life up to eternity by doing right things. And whenever I did the right things, I gained some life, but never enough to make up for the portions I lost because I ended up doing more wrong, which made me feel like the accumulation of eternal life was an impossible thing to do and it discouraged me from wanting to accumulate any life at all. It was then, God taught me about Guilt when I first felt its conviction and I learned that Guilt helps to preserve life from being taken away when a person sins. God does not require much from mankind, but if they at least, carried their guilt, their life would be preserved from the Judgment they accumulated against themselves, since He knows we tend to make more bad choices than good because we learn to live life mostly by trial and error, racking up Judgments that we naturally deserve.
The parable of the Prodigal Son is a story about mankind. There is no hope for people who squander their life when they refuse to learn to carry the guilt of their own deeds, but those who learn to bear guilt by regretting the wrong choices they made, get to preserve whatever life they have, even if they lost most of it after making so many bad choices. Bearing guilt is the act of carrying a Cross and everyone who carries a Cross, carries reminders that come in the form of regrets, so that they no longer continue doing things that resulted harm to themselves or someone else. This gives mankind an opportunity to preserve the life they have left, no matter how many mistakes have taken great portions of it away.
For, when God sees a man bearing guilt, He understands how heavy it is and because He sees that a man is willing to carry such a burden so that they can learn from their mistakes and not do it again, He shows them compassion, like the father of the prodigal son and spares them from punishment. The thing I love best about carrying the Cross, is that I learned I could also gain life by allowing it to help me make better choices, not just helping to preserve the life I have from being taken from me every time I make mistakes that results in harm (for the price of sin is costly).
When the prodigal son was convicted of guilt, not only did these regrets humble him to return to his father, this shame he carried, drove him to become very determined in his own heart to do whatever it took, to do right by his father. Therefore, the cross also motivates a man to do righteous things. This is what Christ truly meant when he spoke of the Holy Spirit coming to convict the world in regard to sin, righteousness and judgment. The Spirit of God brings guilt into hearts in order to help mankind find righteousness and by carrying the Cross, they escape Judgment.
So, John 16:8-11 should have actually be written, "The Spirit of God will come and convict the world with Guilt in regard to sin, righteousness and judgement. In regard to Sin, because Guilt will open a man's eyes to make him realize what he's been doing was wrong; in regard to righteousness because the same guilt will keep them from doing wrong again and drive them to do right; and in regard to Judgment because their guilt will prevent them from having to pay the penalty of sin with their lives. The cost of sin is great, as I have testified from my own experience of losing portions of my life every time I did wrong. But now that I am convicted with guilt every time I sin, I get to learn right from wrong and it has kept me from doing those things again and guided me in gaining more life by always driving me to do the right thing. Now, I understand why God says its not impossible to accumulate eternal life, because with the Holy Spirit, I am learning to become blameless so that I can be considered righteous in His eyes
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