CAN YOU FORGIVE?
Forgiveness is the intentional and voluntary process by which a victim undergoes a change in feelings and attitude regarding an offense, lets go of negative emotions such as vengefulness, with an increased ability to wish the offender well.” Forgiveness in relationships is absolutely necessary. It has been noted that forgiveness and our health are closely associated. When we forgive, the act helps to remove many associated negative emotions including among others – hatred, animosity, guilt, regret, remorse, blame, shame, and self-contempt.
Essentially and often, forgiveness and forgetting go hand in hand. Some people forget, but they don’t forgive. They hold tight to the infraction that produced the hurt. You can’t forgive what you won’t let go!
The Bible teaches us that forgiveness is necessary and is a tenet of our faith. God forgave us! Why can’t we forgive others? It is important to forgive others as we have been forgiven by the blood of Christ. The Holy Bible provides many, many scriptures regarding the necessity to forgive. Examine among others: Matthew 6:14-15; 1 John 1:9; Mark 11:25; and Acts 3:19 for starters. Matthew 6: 14, 15 tells us: “For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your Heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive you.” Let us – forgive, forget, let go, and move on! We will be better and feel better when we do!
We can then rejoice in how “we got over” the anxiety and trouble that had consumed us. Happy Sunday! God Bless!