Does Forgiveness Stop the Cycle of Guilt
Does forgiveness stop to the cycle of guilt? According to the bible, all of our guilt was washed away by the blood of Christ, over 2000 years ago, when Jesus died on the cross. The question is do we believe that? And do we believe that all of our sins are already forgiven? Isn’t this the freedom we are looking for, today? And, what if it really is already done? Why are we still asking?
Forgiving the unforgivable
It took me a long time to ask and even longer to accept complete forgiveness for all those things I shouldn’t have done, should have done and of course the things I accused myself of doing. At some stage in my life I decided that I wasn’t worthy of complete forgiveness. I felt that some of my wrong-doings were unforgivable. For far too long I sat in the messy quagmire of guilt, self pity, shame and blame? Urgh!
Are we crucifying our self with our guilty thoughts?
Without changing the way we think and believe, we will continue to screw up, continue to crucify our selves and others through our guilty thoughts and feelings, and the repetition of guilty acts. As we hang on, and on and onto the shame, blame guilt and unforgivable feelings we create a dam around our heart and separate our self from the loving healing nature of God.
When we ask we really do have to ‘let go’
Today, the moment we have made a mistake, or screwed up, we can ask for forgiveness. As it is asked, it is given. Our job is to simply believe. How hard can that be? The real question is: Do we believe, and do we accept the gift of love and forgiveness being offered? We still have free will!
Guilty or not guilty that is the question!
What if our real sin is not so much the act but the guilty beliefs we hold onto, long after the mistake has been done and dusted. These beliefs insist and persist in reminding us we are not good enough, Godly enough, deserving enough, worthy enough, loving enough (and the list goes on) to be forgiven or to be happy, or, God forbid be loved.
As you believe, so it is
Many people, will think, as I did that they have to do something to deserve God’s love. And, in my mind God was always so high and mighty that no matter how hard I tried to appease and please God, I never felt Good or Godly enough. As I believed, so it was. In my mind, I could just not measure up, and God’s love was always out of my reach. This is the real burden we carry, until we are ready to cast it off, for good.
Unforgiveness and disease
What if, holding tightly to those unhealthy, not good enough, unforgivable beliefs create extensive tension, in our mind body system? Think about the illnesses and diseases which stem from all that stress? How does depression and anxiety and other fear driven illnesses fit in to this? https://mariebrunger.com/disabling-anxiety-depression/
Dying to be free
What if, those beliefs send us going around and around in circles running a pattern and repeating the same guilt driven, and often addictive actions over and over again? What if, they keep the guilt alive and us dying to be free?
Shame hardens the heart
What if, there is nothing that can not be forgiven? What if, it’s as simple as being open to receiving complete forgiveness to complete the letting go process and to regain wholeness. This means letting go of everything. We can’t keep sweeping things under the mat. The longer we hold onto those beliefs, and the more we add to the pile, the thicker and harder that dam around our heart becomes.
Love softens the heart
Over time, we will suffer the consequences of that blockage somewhere in our mind body system, and in our life. This is not God’s doing. Neither does the Universe send it to test us. It is not because God turned away ashamed of you. You were too ashamed to face the lies or Him. God doesn’t judge us or make us feel guilty, we do that perfectly well our self. God, is only love – always in all ways. I have no doubt in my mind and heart, today that the love of God is always present, even though we may not feel or be aware of that Presence.
So what does it take to break that cycle of guilt?
What does it take to cast aside that burden? We can’t run away from it because the problem is within us; where ever we go, there we are. When enough is enough we will find the courage to stop and address the issue with the person involved, if that’s possible. We can also turn inward and confront God in our own unique way. Again, we proclaim our wrong-doings, whether a real sin or a believed sin, for they are equally as powerful in our own mind and our lives.
Saying thank you in advance becomes the acceptance that of it already have been done
My understanding is that prayer is not so much about asking or pleading; it’s about giving thanks for what you are seeking and believing that which you so need, has been given. It is sometimes more difficult to ask, and accept forgiveness from within our self than it is from another. Remember, a shift in attitude, or a change of mind set is often the miracle that takes place first in order to let the request come forth. What if, the miracle we are looking for is the final acceptance of a gift of a guilt free life that was given over 2000 years ago?
God doesn’t see us as sinners.
God sees beyond the imperfections of the flesh. We were created as His sons and daughters in the pure and perfect image of Him Self, in the name I AM which transforms Imperfection into I’m Perfection. Our role as His children and Human Beings is to see our self and others through the eyes of God and to see only that which God sees, which is all Good.
Distraction or attention?
This doesn’t mean we can ignore the things we do wrong today. Standing up and owning them or acknowledging them means we are able to quickly forgive, and be forgiven. Either way, as we are free of distraction, we can return our attention and intention to that which is Good and Godly within.
How do you see God?
Now, doesn’t it make more sense that it’s our interpretation of God and the imperfections we see within our self that keeps the love of God at arms length. Our false ideas of God keeps us from feeling Good about our self and from owning the abundant Life that is rightfully ours.
Healing the hurts
Accept that holding tight to things like resentment, jealousy, envy, hatred, anger also keep us at arms length with the love of God. I discovered only recently that I was harbouring blame and unforgiveness toward some people from an event nearly 20 years ago. Not only did I need to forgive those people, I also had to accept forgiveness for myself for hanging onto that poison for so long. It certainly wasn’t harming them, but it was harming me. These also had to be released. https://mariebrunger.com/what-is-sin-what-does-it-mean-for-a-non-christian/
Say thank you
As you confront God, and offer up these ‘hurts’ along with your sincere apologies, and ask to be forgiven the process of softening that dam begins. And we remember always to say thank you, in faith that it is done.
Keep those gates open
As the flood gates open, you may find an instant outpouring or you might find the flow trickles back into our Being. You may find a sense of relief or peace overcome you. Now, your job is to simply promise to keep those heavenly gates open with a will never to let them close again and you will find God present, here, there and where forever you are, always in all ways.
Thank you I AM all forgiving and forgiving all