Out, damn’d spot! out, I say!
Out, damn’d spot! out, I say!, Yes this is from Macbeth. But such a cry resonates within us all I’m sure. For those of you who aren’t well versed in Shakespeare’s Macbeth and are curious Google it. You might find the following site helpful.
But for now allow me to paint the picture for you. It’s a story about murder. Macbeth and Lady Macbeth conspire to overthrow the crown, they kill King Duncan but even though they get away with it Lady Macbeth is unsettled, her conscience bothers her. The guilt slowly affects her and drives her insane and even to suicide. The guilt comes out in Act 5, scene 1, she begins sleep walking, dreaming about the night of the murder. For 15 minutes she tries to wash Duncan’s blood off of her hands, “Out, damn’d spot! out, I say!”… Yet who would have thought the old man to have had so much blood in him?”
Of course there is no real blood on her hands. But in her heart they are still bloodstained, they just won’t come clean! She knows she is wrong for what she has done, oh the guilt of it stains her still! This feeling of guilt is what in some way we can identify with. Yes I’m sure none of you reading this has ever killed someone to take over the kingdom, but there are things we have done that make you cry out ‘Out, damn’d spot! out, I say!’ when you think of it. I personally know this to be true, I have stared at my ‘blood-stained hands’ in utter shock of my actions and thoughts. Guilt is something that, if we could, we would wish away, right? Wrong.
In truth feeling guilty is unpleasant. But it’s something to be thankful for! Why? because it points us in the right direction. Our conscience yells “Out Spot, Out”, because there is something we need to stop. Feeling guilty is not the problem, the problem is we are doing something that makes us guilty. The feeling is our God-given alarm system to stop doing it. Praise God for conscience and conviction because they bring us back to the right path! The path which we should be walking. I believe if we did not have this sense of right and wrong our world would be in utter chaos, the stats on murders, rape and theft would be immeasurable! But it’s because we know right and wrong that it is not so. On a personal plane we should be thankful that we have a conscience to protect ourselves from ourselves, if we didn’t I think the consequences would be dire.
Theref0re oh Christian when you hear the cry of your conscience, embrace conviction and come back to the right path. When we feel guilty for something we have done it is to Christ that we must look. Yes, that is what this blog about. That is what Paul says in Rom 7:19, he recognizes in himself this battle with his conscience, the things he wants to do he doesn’t do but the things he doesn’t want to do he finds himself doing. He is remorseful (feels guilt) over his actions just as Lady Macbeth does above and he cries out it in Rom 7:24 “Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?”. But then he shows us the answer…
Rom 7:25 “Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!…” Jesus Christ is the answer to our guilt. That last sentence is the most important one you could ever read. Jesus Christ is the answer to our guilt! Remember this when the guilt rises up within you. If Christ is your savior your sins are paid for in their entirety. When you feel like Lady Macbeth. When you’re in despair over your sin, over your guilty deeds, past and present and you feel like crying out “Out, damn’d spot! out!” Look at Christ and hold to the truth that since He died for our sins, “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” – Rom 8:1. You are guilt free because your guilt was paid for in His death. If you are His you are forgiven. Keep guilt in perspective. It serves to convict you and call you back to Christ’s Lordship, head its call! Dear Christian, focus on our savior and not your sin, serve Him and not your sin. Amen.