The Role of Forgiveness in Relationship to Guilt

The Role of Forgiveness in Relationship to Guilt

Guilt is a heavy burden. Guilt can cause physical and emotional damage. Left unmanaged, guilt can morph into unrelated issues that draw attention but aren’t solved by going to the doctor or changing your mindset.

Did you know guilt can cause?

  • Ulcers
  • High blood pressure
  • Skin issues
  • Weight loss or weight gain 
  • Anger 
  • Anxiety 
  • Isolation  

And can mimic other diseases or mental health issues.

Knowing this impact makes it important to get rid of any guilt that could be destroying your physical and mental health. Confusing physical and mental health symptoms as unrelated to guilt can cost money, time, energy, and your life! So, what can you do to stop this nonsense?

The single best way to exile guilt is through forgiveness.

Forgiving others

Have you ever felt guilty for rejecting someone who hurt you? Maybe you had a falling out with a friend or a relative and they passed before you could resolve it. The guilt of knowing they left this world disconnected from you feels awful and you wish you could fix the situation. Whether someone who hurt you is gone or living, you can forgive them and release yourself from any guilt. If you can’t bring yourself to meet with them face-to-face or it simply isn’t an option, you can still forgive them and remove the guilt.

Forgiving yourself

Sometimes the hardest person to forgive is yourself. We don’t have the capacity to offer the same compassion we might give to someone else. We hold our standards too high or place too much judgment on ourselves. To remove the grip of guilt, you must forgive yourself. If you can’t do this on your own, seek someone to help you.

Asking for and receiving forgiveness

So many emotions come into play when it comes to asking for forgiveness. It takes bold humility to ask someone to forgive you. Whether they accept your apology or not isn’t relevant. Your willingness to own your responsibility and make amends is all that is necessary. Ask with a genuine heart and you can let go of the guilt that weighed you down.

Receiving forgiveness is equally emotional. Sometimes good people offer forgiveness when we aren’t ready to receive it. Remember, forgiveness is a gift for both of you. If you are blessed to be offered forgiveness - whether you asked for it or not - you are truly blessed.

Guilt is a powerful emotion that can prevent your greatness. Don’t allow something like forgiveness to keep you from eliminating guilt and removing it from your life. There will always be things to feel guilty for. You have the power of forgiveness to reduce and remove the impact that guilt plays in your life.

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Every woman is guilty of all the good she did not do. - original quote by Voltaire, edited by Liz Lima  


Liz Lima - Venus Warriors

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