Good question. False guilt is a guilt we impose upon ourselves. We allow it to take root in our minds, to start causing all kinds of bad feelings, to feed us all kinds of lies, and we begin to believe it.
False guilt is a "feeling" that is not grounded in truth, but nonetheless strong and real. To help you better understand what false guilt is, look at these examples:
- what we experience when we keep remembering what God has forgiven and forgotten.
- what we feel when someone appears to be disappointed in us.
- what we feel when we have to say no.
- what we feel when we try to please people and fail.
- what we feel when we live with unrealistic expectations of ourselves.
- what we feel when we allow others to dictate what and who we should be.
Remember, if God is not condemning you, you have no reason to let anyone else condemn you - no even yourself. I would urge you to memorize Romans 8:1, "There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus," and Isaiah 43:25: "I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more."
So, don't live in condemnation. Stand up to the false guilt in your life and declare you are no longer under its power.