Yesterday we talked about the fist mistake we make concerning God’s mercy. namely discounting it because of it’s ease and thus not taking advantage of the sacrament, today we’re going to talk about the other big mistake that is sometimes made after receiving confession, not forgiving yourself.
One of the big tactics of the enemy is to make us confuse how we will with what is actually going on. This can happen after confession if we don’t “feel” forgiven and then because wee don’t feel forgiven we discount the sacrament and perhaps even avoid it in the future.
First of all feeling don’t enter into it. If the priest has given you absolution and you have complied with the terms of your penance you are forgiven, period. It’s not a question of feelings it’s a question of facts.
But more importantly it’s not the “priest” who forgives you, it’s God through the ministry of the church confered by Christ “
(Jesus) said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained.”
If God has forgiven your sins who are you to not forgive yourself? In fact a failure to forgive yourself when God has already done so is an exercise of the sin of pride.
During Lent let us not reject but celebrate the mercy of Christ and take advantage of said mercy when it is offered