Forgiveness

This poem is a Shakespearean sonnet about guilt and forgiveness.

If guilt is what I feel within my brain,
Then I’ll reject the love that’s everywhere,
And I’ll accept the fear that goes with pain,
And I will not find peace but dark despair.

If innocence is my identity,
Then I will not condemn myself with hate;
My guiltless mind will be my guaranty
That peace and love will always be my state.

In order to attain that peace of mind,
I must forgive the errors that I see;
Since errors are with guilt all intertwined,
Forgiveness sets my guilty conscience free.

Forgiveness is the constant note we play
Until all guilty feelings go away.

(written January 2020)

The guiltless and the guilty are totally incapable of understanding one another. (A Course in Miracles: Complete and Annotated Edition, p. 470)

Then Peter came and said to Him, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.” (Matthew 18:21-22, NASB)

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