«It is God who arms me with strength, and makes my way perfect’ (Psalm 18:32).
THE FEELING OF GUILT is devastating and crippling. Unfortunately, we have all, at some point in life, felt it. Guilt is a constant hammering that condemns something we did that given our current state of maturity, makes it clear that it was wrong.
Some studies seem to show that this destructive feeling called «guilt» already presents itself in the early stages of our lives, and is rooted in our family history. However, I believe it goes beyond our earthly history. I think it’s the result of human disobedience to God back in the beginning. It’s based on that moment when our first parents, detached from divine direction and took the first steps toward self-decision-making ignoring the consequences).
Making mistakes is unavoidable, for we live in an imperfect world; but what we can avoid is to take these mistakes and misadventures as weapons punish ourselves emotionally and spiritually on an ongoing basis. Victimizing ourselves isn’t the way to end guilt; that just deepens it and consumes us. If what you did yesterday was not right, look at the Cross, stand before God with humility ask Him forgiveness and help to correct and straighten your path. But don’t fall into self-pity.
Change those thoughts that make you believe that you are a victim. God has endowed you with intelligence, creativity, willpower, and free will to the good and the truth. Look for them. Did you make a mistake? Then ask yourself the following question: What did I learn from it? Don’t waste or despise any of your experiences; all of them can be used in the path of self-improvement. Don’t have the arrogance to think you’re infallible, eighter.
May your prayer be: «Lord, guide my steps, straighten the path of my feet, make me be alert to hear your voice and accept your direction in everything I do. Teach me to forgive myself for the mistakes I’ve made, Accepting first your forgiveness.
Thank You Lord for casting my sins into the deepest waters of the sea. Amen.»