We have all at one time or another heard our mother say of us: ‘My
child did this or that on some impulse, but, deep down, he’s a very
It is one thing to live one’s life blaming ourselves for thoughtless
actions that led us astray; guilt doesn’t get us anywhere and it can
even remove any stimulus to improve. It is quite another thing,
however, to forgive ourselves for everything; that way we will never be
able to set ourselves on the right path again.
There is also common sense, and we should judge the results of our
actions and not the intentions behind them. Deep down, everyone is
good, but that’s irrelevant.
Jesus said: ‘By their fruits ye shall know them.’
An old Arab proverb says: ‘God judges a tree by its fruits, not by its roots.’