Forgiveness and Heart Health – Here’s what science says.

Forgiveness and Heart Health – Here’s what science says.

Unforgiveness launches you into what is called a “Fight or Flight” mode. This chronic emotional and mental state can significantly impact your health and increase your heart attack risk, anxiety, depression, and stress.

Research from The John Hopkins Hospital supports the theory that unresolved long-held resentment, and unforgiveness, can harm your health. The Bible says it a little differently but embraces the same concept. Agree with your adversary quickly Matthew 5:25. That doesn’t mean you accept the untrue terms of the disagreement; it simply means that you wave the white flag and concede that the opposing party may never see the dispute the same as you do. In doing so, you are placing the situation in God’s hands to resolve on your behalf and advancing to the forgiveness stage. You’ve heard the old saying that it takes two people to argue? That’s true, and once you have expressed the productive aspects of the disagreement, there is no need to nurture the conflict any further by holding back unforgiveness.

Colossians 3:13 – Bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. 

Matthew 6:14 – For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.

There are far too many dangers in this world that we live in, to allow unforgiveness to capture your focus. What is sometimes lost in translation related to forgiveness is that you may no longer be best friends, dinner buddies, or unfortunately, even married. However, through the ups and downs, laughter and pain, we have to remain focused on what best compliments our spiritual, natural, mental, and emotional health. Anything else cripples our happiness.

Because we know that we have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23), we should likewise dismiss the weaker version of ourselves by embracing forgiveness and denying the deceit of unforgiveness that seeks to hold our soul captive.

Proverbs 28:13 – Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.

God never said forgiveness would be easy, neither did science. Still, there are far too many responsibilities in life that we are committed to that require dedication and conscientiousness that we do whether we want to or not. Forgiveness isn’t any different, and through prayer, believing through Jesus Christ that you will prevail (Faith), and perseverance, the destruction of unforgiveness will not continue to hold you hostage. It’s simply a matter of committing to making a conscious decision to let go of the anger, resentment, disappointment, and pain, and exchange it for empathy and forgiveness to those who may not even deserve it.

Matthew 5:7 – “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.

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