"(...) sin is already the sinner's own punishment!" (It is the speech of one of the characters in the movie The Shack)
Sin is the sinner's own punishment because it is the source of the reaction or effect of the wrong act. As the source of the atonement, error whether against itself or against another, it brings unfortunate consequences that are a true whip that hurts, but impels forward. The Spirit of Lazarus, in The Gospel according to Spiritism (chapter IX, item 8), makes an analogy with the whip and spur as a means of bowing the neck of the proud. The atonement is the whip and the spore.
"Pretty soon the question of forgiveness, which at some point he must confront it, to set him free from the enormous burden of despair and anguish that consume him, undermining mental, emotional and spiritual health." (Christina Nunes, in the especial Love message from the shack, one of the highlights of this edition)
Forgiveness is a liberation factor. With it, depressing bonds are torn between two people who hate each other. Forgiveness is the first step toward reconciliation.
Despair and anguish persecute sensitive souls who lose faith and hope. Despair is like a storm that appears without warning and assaults the unsuspecting man, who has no defenses against this storm in the form of a tearing thorn that tears the soul and generates an unbearable pain.
Anguish is like a leprosy that involves the whole body with a pruritus that it is difficult to treat. It is born into the core of being and springs up as a distressing ideation. Affliction this is the nature of anguish which goes far beyond the common distress of all men. It is a deep and desperate affliction. When it arises it is as if we dive into our interior and find ourselves with an immense emptiness. We usually do not see anything. No idea, no image, no word; only the full presence of anguish.
"Most of the time, by force of habit, we condemn ruthlessly. From the family environment, to the countless characters present in the daily news, we condemn or absolve without stopping, according to our multifaceted opinions." (Christina Nunes, in the article quoted)
We have eyes to see the faults of others, but generally we do not see ours. We condemn without appeal or acquit by complacency. We condemn without appeal everything that causes us scandal, forgetting that what scandalizes us it is present in us and we do not see why - unconsciously - we do not want to see it. We absolve ourselves of complacency whenever it flatters our vanity.
We once said, and we repeat: God loves all creatures with the same intensity. Both the saint and the bluster. Why, then, are there people who feel abandoned by God, feel devoid of Divine Providence? Were they disinherited? No. What happens is from a certain perception of divine love. And it depends on the amount of love we carry in the chest.
More love we bear, in greater proportion we recognize the love of God for us and the more beloved clearly of course we will feel. Well, the individual who loves little it is natural to feel abandoned, disinherited, and even disgraced, as many people define themselves when they face the consequences of their evil deeds.