Jesus said: Forgive, and you will be forgiven. (Luke 6.37)
Jesus speaks many times about forgiveness, and recognises the connection between carrying the burden of guilt and/or being unforgiven, and our inability to be made whole. It is there in the incident where the paralysed man is let down through the roof of a house to Jesus’ feet. Your sins are forgiven, says Jesus. He can see that for the man to be whole, more than physical healing is needed. When someone does us a great wrong, we can be rightly angry and hurt. But Jesus makes it very clear that if the person who has wronged us shows true remorse, then we must forgive them. We hold the wholeness and well-being of another human being in our hands; and we are not entitled to keep them in the paralysis of guilt, when they have repented. God forgives, and expects us to do the same.
Thank you for your merciful love for us. Help us to lay down any sense of guilt, when we have done our best to make amends for a wrong that we have done to another. And by the same token, help us not to nurse grudges, or withhold our forgiveness when others show remorse to us.
See the attached document for the previous reflections.