Forgiveness: The healing Medication of the Soul

Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how often shall I excuse my bro when he sins against me? Up to 7 times?” Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times, (Matthew 18:21-22) . Jesus asserted by this answer that we should forgive as often as it is required. The reason the Bible speaks out on so many things that we should be careful to observe is that God in his love for us needed to give us instructions that were in our best interest. Actually forgiveness is one of those things as we shall see as we go forward in the work.

There’s been much discussion concerning the Rush Limbaugh statement that Sandra Fluke was slut and a whore. I can understand how these types of crude remarks would hurt her deeply. Nonetheless, her requirement not to ever excuse Limbaugh even after he apologizes 2 times is going to resume the hurt for her. It will not hurt Limbaugh who will at the end gain listeners and sell more books. She has had her 15 minutes of celebrity thanks to Limbaugh and now she will be able to retreat into a lifetime loathing of him or dismiss it and carry on.

Hanging on to acrimony and the need for vengeance is counter-productive—-better to embrace forgiveness and move on with your life.

Most every individual has been insulted and hurt by the horrible remarks of others, and frequently it is by someone close. We may accidentally accept that by returning hatred and being merciless is a technique to get back at them, but in truth it imprisons us; forgiveness frees us to keep on on in peace rather than in sourness and hate.

What is forgiveness?

Forgiveness is letting go of acrimony and thoughts of loathing and revenge. If we insist firmly on holding a grudge, we fall victim to letting another person be in charge of our emotions, whereas forgiveness places us in control and can even cause us to feel empathy and compassion for the person who sickened us, understanding they are wrestling with some deep Problems in their life.

Our forgiveness of another in no way alleviates that person of their accountability for their actions. They must answer to God who is the only one who can fairly bring justice and vengeance for unrighteous actions. And obviously if laws have been broken, it is a matter of law. Never is the horrible acts of others excused due to forgiveness; they indeed must pay the toll.

Does forgiving others have benefits?

While hanging on to resentment can have devastating effects, letting go of acrimony and having an attitude of forgiveness can lead to:

- A release of anxiety
- Lower stress levels
- Remove hostility
- Lower the blood pressure
- Enhance contentment and peace
- Create better relationships

How does un-forgiveness affect us?

It can impact your health by raising the blood pressure. It can sour your attitude and cause you to fail to enjoy life. You can become depressed and lose ground in your spiritual growth. You can start to believe that you do fall down short of the mark in the eyes of others. You can lose fellowship with those you would like to be buddies with over things that are actually irrelevant.

Forgiveness is the healing medicine of the soul . The soul is made of the mind will and feelings and hatred and un-forgiveness affects each of those 3 in a bad way, while forgiveness brings healing and produces a peace of mind; a strong and determined will to do that which is right; and calms the emotions and brings happiness.

How am I able to learn to excuse?

Forgiveness requires a change in approach from desiring to get even to want to decide issues and continue on with your life.

- Consider how crucial forgiveness is in your life to make your life better.
- Learn to weigh things and eliminate things according to their significance. Insignificant things are the things that frequently cause the best hang-ups.
- Make it a case of backbone to pardon others.
- Make forgiveness a matter of prayer, asking God to offer you the grace to be forgiving and having the ability to leave it in his hands to cause any needed justice.
- Never take on the victim approach. This is allowing somebody else to have command over you.

Forgiveness is the positive approach that outlines a life that’s in hand and not a prisoner of hate, while un-forgiveness is the opposite, living as a victim of others hatefulness, a captive. Of vengeance and suffering the loss of liberty and peace . “Forgiveness is to set a prisoner free, and to realise the captive was you.” Corrie Ten Boom

The Bible teaches us to forgive:

Bear with one another and forgive whatever grievances you will have against each other. Excuse as the Lord forgave you. Colossians 3:13

Don’t judge and you won’t be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Excuse, and you’ll be forgiven. Luke 6:37

For if you excuse men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also excuse you. But if you do not excuse men their sins, your Father won’t excuse your sins . Matthew 6:14-16

And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against any person, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may pardon you your sins.” Mark 11:25

Conclusion

For reasons aside from for our own benefit, we excuse out of obedience to the Lord. It is our choice; we must decide. When we do forgive, we discover that God had our welfare under consideration all the time. He wants us to be free from the consequences that un-forgiveness brings to our lives.

About the author: Jimmie Burroughs is an inspiring speaker and writer who has been involved in teaching Christian Private Development for more than 30 years. There are over 600 articles to help on his website in your personal growth. Be sure to take vantage of the FREE offer to get the eBook The 4 Pillars for Personal Development while available.

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