Forgiveness- Why

Forgiveness can be a difficult and often painful process, particularly when we have been deeply hurt by someone else's actions. Someone once said, unforgiveness is like drinking acid and hoping the other person dies. It only kills you. There are many reasons why forgiveness is important and why we should strive to cultivate a forgiving attitude in our lives. Here are just a few.

  1. Forgiveness is good for your mental health. Holding onto anger, resentment, and bitterness can take a toll on your mental and emotional well-being. When we hold grudges or refuse to forgive, we carry around negative emotions that can lead to stress, anxiety, and depression. Forgiveness, on the other hand, has been linked to improved mental health outcomes such as reduced stress, increased happiness, and a greater sense of overall well-being.
  2. Forgiveness can improve your relationships. Forgiveness can be a powerful tool for repairing damaged relationships. When we hold onto anger and resentment, it can lead to a breakdown in communication and distance in our relationships with others. By forgiving those who have wronged us, we can often repair damaged relationships, increase understanding, and build deeper connections with those around us.
  3. Forgiveness promotes personal growth. When we forgive others, it can often be a catalyst for personal growth and transformation. By letting go of negative emotions and choosing to see the good in others, we open ourselves up to new experiences and opportunities. Forgiveness can also help us develop greater empathy, compassion, and understanding towards others, which can lead to more meaningful relationships and a greater sense of connection with the world around us.
  4. Forgiveness is an act of grace. Forgiveness is a powerful act of grace, both for ourselves and for others. It allows us to release the burden of anger and resentment, and to extend kindness and compassion towards those who have wronged us. By choosing to forgive, we embody the best qualities of humanity, such as love, compassion, and empathy.
  5. Forgiveness is a biblical. But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions. Matthew 6:15 If you want God to forgive you, you need to forgive others. And forgiveness may not be a one time act. Sometimes, the offense may take a while for you to get over, but don't stop forgiving. Nan says forgiveness can be like an onion, you peel one layer at a time till there is nothing left.

Forgiveness is an important part of living a healthy, spirit-filled life. While it can be a difficult and painful process, it can also be transformative and life-changing. By choosing to forgive others and let go of negative emotions, we can improve our mental and emotional health, repair damaged relationships, promote personal growth, embody grace, and connect to God and others  in a more meaningful way.

In Love,

Pastor Jody

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