Guilt. It’s something that all of us have experienced at one time or another. The dictionary defines it as a feeling of responsibility or remorse for some offense, crime, wrong. Today I want to share with you some of a series of strips from Calvin and Hobbes where Calvin tries to roll the family car out of the garage and into the drive-way, but it ends up rolling all the way across the street into a ditch. Check it out:
(Do any of you parents have a child like this?)
They say that when you’re faced with a challenge, people usually have one of two different responses: flight or fight. Here we see Calvin taking the flight route – running away…
I think this last strip is such a great example of what it’s like to live with the guilt and shame that comes from unconfessed sin. But thank God, we don’t have to stay guilty and ashamed – we can go to Jesus and confess our sins and find free forgiveness, no matter how bad we’ve been, or how many wrong things we’ve done!
God has given us this amazing promise in the Bible: “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9). The Bible also says: “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8). God loves you! And if you are feeling guilt and shame over some sin you have committed, confess it to God, and receive His free forgiveness. There’s no joy that compares with that of having your sins forgiven!
Calvin & Hobbes (c) 2014 Bill Waterson.
p.s. tune in again in a couple of days and I’ll share with you the next few strips in the series to see what happens to Calvin when his parents discover what he has done…