Gen. 42:21-22 - Then they said to one another, "Truly we are guilty concerning our brother, because we saw the distress of his soul when he pleaded with us, yet we would not listen; therefore this distress has come upon us." Reuben answered them, saying, "Did I not tell you, 'Do not sin against the boy; and you would not listen? Now comes the reckoning for his blood." NASU
There had been a famine and Jacob sent his sons to Egypt to buy grain. When Joseph sees his brothers, he recognizes them but they don't recognize him. Joseph has them placed in prison and accuses them of being spies. He leaves them in prison for three days. He tells them they must leave one of the brothers in prison, travel home and bring their younger brother to Egypt to prove they are not spies.
We probably all have done some thing in our past that periodically comes back from time to time to haunt us.
The two best ways I know to overcome a guilty conscience if you have hurt someone:
The brothers asked Joseph for forgiveness and it was granted to them.
I am not perfect now but thank God I am not what I used to be nor am I what I want to be. I want to do what 2 Pet. 3:18 says, "…grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ."
Like the sign says, "Under Construction: God isn't finished with me yet." Christians are under construction. God is working on us. We are a work in progress.
People have told you, "To let it go." You wish you could but everything you've tried isn't working.
So what should be done in those situations? I would say, "You need to remember what God has done for you and that is He has forgiven you, so forgive yourself."
I like this saying, "When the devil wants to remind you of your past, remind him of his future."
God is going to CRUSH him one day and so it says in Romans 16:20 - "The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you."
If you want to dwell on something dwell on what God has done for you and what He will do to the devil.
Think on These:
The head usher to happiness is a well-kept conscience.
Your conscience is not the voice of God; it is a gift from God.
Gary A. Serago
Minister of God's Word
Gary A Serago.