To Forgive is Healthy
Monday, November 21, 2011
Forgivenss is one of the most difficult things for many to master. We, by nature, like to hold on the our regrets and keep our distance for the sake of being right. In order to forgive, many times, we must humble ourselves and go to another and admit our faults or our shortcomings and this is uncomfortable at best. It goes against our grain to say that we are wrong. So why should we forgive? Well, let me suggest that you will live a happier, healthier life if you do. Unforgivness puts stress on our relationships and therefore our lives and we all know what that can do. Every action or inaction has a clue in our physical bodies. We can lead far healthier lives if we will only unload all the baggage we are carrying around. This is true whether you are a Christian or not.
Pardon me, unbeliever, but let me point out some of what the Bible says about unforgiveness and forgiving. The Bible says that if we THINK our neighbor has a problem with us we are to go to him and make it right. It doesn't say that they do, but if it is a remote chance that we have an broken relationship, we are to go to them and make it right. That to me says that relationships are very important. It releases something in us to forgive. When we become Christians we take on another nature. We are no longer bound to the nature we are born with, but we become a creature that never before existed. If we do not do as Jesus told us to do, then we are no less than a hypocrite. Many are quick to point this out and rightly so. But, again, I strongly suggest that we forgive. Hurt can cause unforgiveness as well. We are told that if we will do as He commands, we will be helathy and He will take all disease away from us. The fact that disease exists in a Christian is evidence to me that we have a ways to go. And, if we don't forgive, our prayers will go unanswered.
We should not make excuses for why we have a right not to forgive. If we have a right not to forgive, then we have the right to suffer from high blood pressure and other stress related disease. All it takes is the decision to do so. It can be as simple as writing a letter or making a phone call. It is not dependent on the other person accepting our forgivness. WE must let it go and choose to walk away from bitterness and resentments. The roadblocks that always seem to be in our way will melt into nothingness when we forgive. Do whatever it takes to put pain behind you. Psychology can only do so much, but to some is very helpful. There is no greater peace than knowing that you have a clean slate to work with. You can only get that through Jesus Christ. Christian or not, I urge you to forgive. As much as it lies within you, live at peace with every other human being. You be the first to move in the right direction. Your body will thank you for it. Do it today for a better tomorrow and think how much money you can save by not going to a doctor. .