Prayer For Forgiveness of Self

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Below you will find a prayer for self forgiveness.

Make the prayer your own.

Miss out anything which does not apply to your own situation. It mentions guilt.
Perhaps you don't feel guilt but you feel anger.

Replace words which trigger you - you might use the word Spirit instead of God.

Or write your own forgiveness prayer.

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A Spiritual Prayer For Self Forgiveness - release from unhelpful guilt

Dear God,

I feel bad about feeling/doing________ (fill in the blank).
Sometimes I feel I will never get it right.

But my feeling of guilt is not helping. In fact, it is making things worse.

Feeling wrong is so unpleasant that I may even try to find someone else to blame.

I feel like I am doing my best.

But, I believe, with your help, I can do better.

There must be a better way.
Feeling/doing________ is affecting my sense of worth.
Feeling/doing________ is affecting someone I care about.

Dear God,

I can't do this on my own.
I am beginning to realise that I don't need to;
that the humility you need is this realisation that I can't do it on my own.

Dear God, help me.

Give me an understanding that I am not this body that does things in the world, but part of your unending Love.
Allow me to see the beauty that you see in me.
Allow me to understand that since you created me Innocent and part of You, then that is what I am.

This feeling of guilt has brought me to you, so I am grateful for it.

I locate the feeling of guilt in my body. I replace it with a feeling of quiet trust.

I hand this over to you, God.
When I find myself feeling/doing________, I remember that you are working in me to bring change.
I am not on my own with this.

Thank you God.
You are a big God, and this problem is small for you.
I place myself in your hands.
Thank you for the peace you bring to my heart.

May I be blessed and be a blessing.
Thank you.



Self forgiveness when we don't even think we are doing something wrong

The interesting thing is that we can feel guilty when we are not doing something wrong and don’t even think we are doing something wrong.

I live with the illness ME/CFS (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome). I have had a lot of experience in my world both from people I love and people in authority that ‘I am wrong’ for having an illness.

And of course the language of illness is the illness of judgement.
Are you worse today?
Are you feeling bad?
Are you any better?

I am from a Catholic background. I once went to confession and confessed feelings of guilt for having an illness and the impact on my family.
The priest was quick to reassure me that having an illness was nothing I was doing wrong.
I am glad he did so, but for myself I found it useful to offer guilt about feeling ill to God for healing.
I have no reason for guilt, but the guilt still needs healing.

The priest, on that occasion, told me how upset it his parents were when he became a priest, and yet it wasn’t wrong of him to become a priest.
It is a great example.
There may be many choices we make that are not appreciated by our parents. It doesn’t mean we are wrong to make them. But it may mean that on some level we feel guilt.

When we use a prayer for forgiveness to bring our guilt to God, we remind ourselves that God has never condemned.

Prayer for forgiveness when we feel wrong

Dear God,
Sometimes I feel guilty for having an illness.

Sometimes I feel guilty that I have not been able to fix this and find health.

My feeling of guilt is not helping. In fact, it is making things worse.
Feeling guilty is so unpleasant that at times when symptoms are high, I may try to find someone else to blame to take a break from blaming myself.

I have an illness. This is how it is right now.
God, I am willing to be accepted by you as I am.
I receive your acceptance.

Whatever the state of my body I am still your precious child.


Thank you so much for praying a prayer for forgiveness from this page.

Receiving God's forgiveness and thereby forgiving yourself is so important.

When you don't forgive yourself you are unlikely to forgive others.

When you don't forgive yourself you are are depriving yourself of the experience of God's love.

You may be trying to be a better person by punishing yourself. But when you do so, you are blocking a source of Love that will allow you to be all you can be.

Let that source of Love flow into your life.

Let that Love overflow into the lives of others.

Forgive yourself.
And then, if you need to say sorry to someone else, go and do it!

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