In addition to growing up with the traditional physical punishments for misbehavior, my parents invoked the wrath of God as well. This “God-guilt” lasted much longer than any physical punishment. At that time, there was not much understanding of “transgressions being forgiven” on my part.
Even now, knowing that God forgives our sins, we may be reluctant to ask for forgiveness when guilt weighs heavy on our hearts. Instead, we carry these unbearable burdens rather than acknowledge our iniquities to God. Asking for forgiveness from God or from those whom we love and transgress against is difficult to do. It took a grave illness of my sister before I could formally ask for forgiveness from her. We both experienced a great sense of peace when we took time to acknowledge our transgressions and pray together. We need to remember that the blood of Jesus, God’s Son, purifies us from all sin. God wants us to know the peace of forgiveness. Hear this good news and consider what it means for you.
Let us pray. Lord, let us confess our transgressions to you so that you might lighten our burdens through grace and forgiveness of the guilt of our sins. Amen.