When it comes to life and speaking about life experiences, there is hardly any soul on the the face of the earth who hasn't been through disappointments or have been offended by someone. We ourselves are offenders on a daily basis because of our weaknesses and fallenness as mortal men. Because we're offenders of God on a daily basis, He gives us the opportunity to make things right with Him by forgiving our neighbors first. Matt 6:14-16.
Forgiveness put simply is the readiness to show mercy to an offender for their offences towards you! And what is mercy?! It is pardon or exoneration from punishment or pain an offender duly deserves. We can relate that to God and ourselves.
Apart from the spiritual benefits and blessings forgiving others of their trespasses towards us brings, there are numerous health benefits attached to it.
1). It improves mental health: Keeping and holding grudges against others kill mental health thereby reducing mental capacity. It also wears out the mind and not long the effects will be made visible. Forgiveness help your mind relax relieving it of stress.
2). It lowers blood pressure: The mind is the Central Processing Unit of the the body and any strain on it will affect the body negatively. Forgiveness helps relieve the body of stress which is one of the causes of abnormalities in the body.
3). It helps strengthen relationships: Poor handling of challenges is one of the causes of breakups in marriages. Like Billy Graham, one of the greatest preachers of gospel once said, 'A happy marriage is made of two good for givers.' When couples learn to forgive and overlook each others faults, their bond grows even stronger.
4). Reduces anxiety, distrust and hostility: Offenders are usually branded as enemies and are sometimes targets for revenge. Forgiving reduces the tendency for revenge which would cause more harm than good.
5). Boosts your self esteem and worth: Like Mahatma Gandhi, the renown Indian activist once said, ' The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.' Forgiving and letting go of hurt opens new dimensions for you which will only help you get better.
6). It also reduces your chances of falling into depression.
What are your thoughts?!
Forgiveness gives one peace of mind. You do not forgive for that person (because the person you are holding a grudge against might not know this and so you are the one beating the pain), you forgive for yourself.
To forgive does not mean you should fall into that trap, it just means that you do not hold a grudge and that you won't make the same mistake and that you are stronger than the person.
We should also be accepting of peoples differences cause that also hinders the act of forgiveness. When we develop a feeling of hatred towards someone,no matter how much they try to please us by doing good,we still get provoked by what they do. No one is perfect but we all strive to be. When we learn not to be too expectant of people,then we wouldn't be disappointed
Forgiveness has a way of lifting weights off ones shoulder emotionally and psychologically. It also helps one function better health wise, infact some people fall sick when they are holding a grudge against another person. Spiritually forgiveness also keeps you close to God, an unforgiving heart can get nothing from God.
Absolutely real! Also forgiveness opens new doors and new things for someone, if you also forgives someone it leave your mind free of burden, try it today and see. Forgive someone today.
Forgiveness has a particular relieving spirit that flows with it. I can remember how relieved I was the very day I forgave someone I was angry with for years.
Forgiving is cool but doesn't mean you should be stupid to continue forgiving someone for the same offence over and over
I strongly agree to the psychological benefits stated above. When you forgive, you have peace of mind and won't have to worry about anyone or anything one has done to you. Forgiveness will also make you relate freely with everyone.
I totally agree with this post. When I keep malice with someone I notice that my chest is heavy and I can't breathe properly but as soon as I forgive that person everything comes back to normal. Unforgiveness affects health.
To forgive a person who really hurt you isn't really easy,but then we need to forgive that we also might be forgiven. It is really difficult, but come to think of it. If you do not forgive,you all always bear grudge whenever you hear the persons name,and evil things start flipping through your mind. So the earlier you forgive, the less adrenaline is pumped.
Beautiful! Forgiveness makes you live longer because has proven that bulk the terminal illnesses are mostly a result of long term bitterness, what about a more peaceful environments being achievable if we would learn to foegive .I must also assert that most persons find it difficult to forgive because they actually need a greater force to help them out.