Forgive To Live
Forgiveness helps us to live longer.
Some of the greatest pain comes from relationship losses in the family. Good people hurt good people. Family members hurt family members. We desire emotional healing but it is often difficult when personalities are so different and wants are so big and misunderstandings so gigantic. If you want freedom from emotional pain, begin a healing process for the mind by taking the first step. It’s called forgiveness.
Perhaps today some of you can identify with the shock, numbness, pain, and anger that the tsunami survivors experienced on December 26, 2004. You may be going through your own personal tsunami—be it physical, financial, parental, or heart-brokenness. Like the tsunami victims, you, too, may be angry or depressed because of how the corona virus has affected you.
Loneliness and disappointment may be engulfing you like a tsunami. You need to move to hope, help, and peace. There are many organisations offering tools, skills, and coping strategies to transport you from tragedy to triumph. Forgiveness offers you not only hope, but help for your own personal tsunami. Learning how to cope in such cases is crucial for your health and emotions. Inner strength is needed.
After analysing data from the Health Survey of over 1,200 people over the age of 25, researchers found that an attitude of forgiveness toward others is associated with a decreased risk for all-cause mortality.
Nearly everyone has been hurt by the actions or words of another. But in holding grudges, we may be the one who pays most dearly in higher levels of anxiety, hypertension, depression, substance abuse and more.
On the other hand, “forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you” (Ephesians 4:31) will lead you down the path of physical, emotional and spiritual well-being.
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Lack of forgiveness can have a negative impact on health as proved by Dr Dick Tibbits the author of ‘Forgive to Live’.
We all have witnessed the rapid contagion of the novel coronavirus around the world, causing the World Health Organization (WHO) to call it a pandemic on March 11.
Many studies are confirming the fact that it is not enough to have healthy bodies, our minds have to be free of negative emotions to experience holistic health.
Thoresen et al in their ‘science and forgives interventions’ concluded that the ways people respond to interpersonal offences can affect their health.
Did you know that the ability to forgive others is a gift from God? The Bible tells us that if we don’t forgive others, we cannot be forgiven. If we don’t forgive, we are blocking the ability for God to work in our lives. But when we choose to forgive, we are choosing God’s way and opening the door for Him to heal our hurts and restore our souls.