The Benefits of Forgiveness

Ms. Ann By Ms. Ann, 16th Apr 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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The ability to forgive another person is viewed by some as a weakness, as in you have no choice. Forgiving another person is the greatest choice you can make because it helps to keep you healthy. If you are unable to forgive, you take on a awesome burden that hurts you more than the individual you hate. The thing to remember is-if you are not able to forgive someone else you cannot expect to be forgiven for your own trespasses.

The Benefits of Forgiveness


The act of forgiving or forgiveness is a conscious choice we make to submit and trust a higher authority. The Word of God says there are (2) types of forgiveness. The first is God forgives us and the second act of forgiveness is, we forgive each other. The definition given for forgiveness is the process of ending resentment, indignation or anger as a result of perceived offense, difference or mistake, or ceasing to demand punishment or restitution. To grant free pardon and give up all claim on account of an offense or debt.

The first type of forgiveness, where God forgives us begins our Christian relationship with God. It is the root of our relationship. God forgives our sin through the shed blood of Jesus Christ, who satisfied the righteousness of God,for our sins.

The second type of forgiveness, where we forgive each other. The Word of God tells us how to relate to each other as Christians; expressly, it says, “forgive each other as Christ has forgiven us.” We are intimately related to God in a love relationship, which is at the core of our existence. We are to be patient and accepting of those whose faith is weak or immature. God, who created us, knew that our health both physical and spiritual, would be affected if we are not forgiving.

Scientist have proven that holding on to bitterness and not being able to forgive, releases chemicals into the body that increase the heart rate, blood pressure, stomach acids, muscle tension and inflammation-triggering compounds. It encourages plague build up in your arteries, which cause heart attacks, impotence, wrinkles, and strokes.

Mahatma Gandhi, wrote an articled called Forgiveness is choosing to love; he discusses a study done by two professors, a Dr. Robert Enright of the University of Wisconsin and Dr. Fred Luskin, of Stanford University. In this study they conducted on forgiveness, Dr. Gandhi made the following remark. “The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.”

“Studies show that people who forgive are happier and healthier than those who hold resentments. The first study to look at how forgiveness improves physical health discovered that when people think about forgiving an offender it leads to improved functioning in their cardiovascular and nervous systems. Another study found the more forgiving people were, the less they suffered from a wide range of illnesses. The less forgiving people reported a greater number of health problems.”

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Retired Teacher;Author of 2 books: "Herbal Hair Care & More" & "From Terror to Love Defined"
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author avatar Pradeep Kumar B
16th Apr 2012 (#)

I like your article. Your mind must be as beautiful as the flower I see as your profile picture, Ms. Ann

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author avatar Ms. Ann
16th Apr 2012 (#)

Paradeep, What a beautiful expression. I am deeply touched but necessity to forgive did not originate with me but with Jesus, whom I serve- I have found that it is a valid thing to do. Thank you so much.

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author avatar Johnbee
16th Apr 2012 (#)

You are a very good writer but you are also overly kind.

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author avatar Johnbee
16th Apr 2012 (#)

Almost!

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
17th Apr 2012 (#)

I see others as an extension of myself. We do have mood swings; we react differently to same actions, words of others. I have been betrayed few times; every time I have forgiven the person as he/she alone has to atone for the sins but I like to remember such actions, just to be that bit more guarded. Thanks for writing on a subject that is relevant at all times, Ms Ann - siva

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author avatar Ms. Ann
17th Apr 2012 (#)

Siva, I always appreciate your thoughts.

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author avatar Judy Ellen
17th Apr 2012 (#)

Great Article and such beautiful truths from God's word!! I'm so glad I saw your comment about us as Christian's living in the world but not being of the world! I was looking for more Christian writers to follow! I am now following you, Ann!

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author avatar Ms. Ann
18th Apr 2012 (#)

JudyEllen, I appreciate your comment and your witness. We can follow God together.

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