Feelings of guilt and shame
tend to lead us away from God--
the exact opposite of where
we should be going.
"Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence
to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus...
let us draw near to God with a sincere heart
in full assurance of faith,
having our hearts sprinkled
to cleanse us from a guilty conscience
and having our bodies washed with pure water."
Hebrews 20:19, 22 NIV