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“Consumed with guilt.” Sometimes that’s more than just a literary turn of phrase. Guilt seems to be so sticky, so able to adhere to one’s thinking with all the destructiveness of a parasite. It’s that nasty habit of thought, munching on the regrets of the past and ignorantly eating up present possibilities with its paralyzing condemnations. Of course, we always want to learn from missteps we may have made in the past, and repent of them. But sometimes regret can balloon into an absorbing feeling of self-condemnation.
Nothing is more valuable to progress at every level, individually and collectively, than to know oneself as uncondemned, as God’s precious child with a “goodly heritage” (Psalms 16:6). Or, said another way, to courageously, vigorously acknowledge that you are the very outcome of a good God.
About the author
Lois Herr is a Christian Science practitioner and teacher. She lives in Arlington, Virginia.