Jesus taught us to pray “Our Father, who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy Name. Thy Kingdom come, Thy Will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not in to temptation, but deliver us from evil, for Thine is the Kingdom and the Power and the Glory, forever and ever. Amen.”
Simple enough to grasp, even though I still took a short class and read a book about the Lord’s Prayer. I’m still learning about that prayer.
For example, I am 61 years old, I was brought up as a Lutheran, went to a Lutheran grade school (K-8) etc. etc.. etc. And just today I was thinking about the part of the prayer that says “forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us”. After saying that prayer, it dawned on me that one of those trespassers that I have to forgive is myself. Probably first and foremost. All my life I have beat myself up over things I had done, when I had already been forgiven for those sins.
A pastor at our last church told me once that to hang on to the guilt of a sin is arrogant and sinful in itself, because we are judging ourselves, and it is not our place to judge anyone, including ourselves. Judgement is God’s job, not ours.
So if you are carrying around a lot of guilt over past sins, forgive yourself and forget it.
Forgive yourself, God has. Let it go!