Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Forgiveness and Health

Many studies over the last two decades have shown that resentment and bitterness may have a profound negative impact upon the mental, physical, and spiritual health of an individual.

The anger that arises from such bitterness and resentment and an unwillingness to forgive, according to Redmond and Virginia Williams in their book, Anger Kills, may lead to a number of serious health problems. Dr. Don Colbert in his book, Deadly Emotions, tells how the hormone cortisol which is increased when there is chronic anger, may also increase the chances of being affected by a number of diseases.

What is the answer to such bitterness, resentment, and anger? A large part of the answer is to be found in the word "forgiveness." A basic principle which God's Word shares with us is this: If we know that we have been forgiven by our Savior, then we are free to forgive others. Hence, if I am struggling with forgiving someone else, perhaps I need to take a look and see if I really believe that I have been forgiven. There is a freedom in forgiveness. It is because this is such an important topic that the Apostle Paul makes the following suggestion: Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you. (Ephesians 4:31-32)

This is the way to a healthy, hope-filled life! 

— Wayne Young

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