As We Forgive Others…

I’ve been reading some psychology articles on forgiveness recently, and I’m impressed by the amount of data that suggests that forgiveness is good for you.There was even some hint of a debate that says we forgive for one of two reasons: 1. It makes us feel better, or 2. It’s the right thing to do.

Why can’t it be both? I mean, doing the right thing should make us feel better, right? And whether purging our hearts of resentment and hurt restores a damaged relationship, or merely releases us from the weight of a damaged ego, either way it’s good, right?

People who forgive sleep better, digest their food more efficiently, and maybe even eliminate one more cause of high blood pressure. I know there are many self-help gurus who talk about both the emotional and physical benefits of  forgiveness, but there is an enormous spiritual benefit as well. Forgive us as we forgive others.

This might be the original win-win.

Pray about it…

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To me, the most frightening verse in scripture  is this: The thing I have feared most has come upon me. Job is speaking and it reveals something about him and us. The life we live is reflection of our true thoughts and feelings–not what we sayare our thoughts and feelings. Job’s experience reflected his innermost consuming thoughts-the fear of losing his possessions.

Don’t you know people who relive their mistakes over and over. They keep marrying/dating the same losers, or making the same bad financial decisions. They habitually have the same pessimistic outlook because their experience has taught them “not to get their hopes up” or “don’t expect too much.” They begin to learn that they don’t deserveany successes in life. Many grew up in dysfunctional families and believe they can’t do any better because they weren’t raised any better. They live their lives expecting bad things and that expectation brings about more bad which adds evidence to their belief that they should only expect bad and that…well, you get the idea. They are programmed to expect bad.

Even in church I am told that I’m “such a worm” and that I need to repent or any number of other things designed to show myself worthy, knowing all the while I’m not.

Now here’s the conflict: Jesus came into this world to REMOVE that guilt and no-account, beat-down attitude we have about ourselves. But we tend hang on to all that even after we say we are a believer. He came, as John 3:17 says, not “to condemn the world, but that the world through him might be saved.” You cannot experience abundant life if you are harboring a bad-feeling past. Dragging past mistakes around behind you will only keep you from the freedom you were meant to have!

Realizing that one thing will open so many spiritual doors for you. You can start reprogramming yourself to expect the good for once in your life. And just imagine if you could drop not only those feelings about yourself, but let go of those types of feeling you have about others. What a world this would be.

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