Friday, October 7, 2011

The Blessing of Forgiveness

by Aleta Kay

Your kids have stolen from you, run away, told lies about you, accused you heinous things. Your husband has committed adultery, maybe more than once. Your mom drives you crazy and your dad is completely disinterested. Or your parents died and left everything to that no good brother or sister and you are seething over it.
          With all of that anger and bitterness inside of you, how is your health doing? Do you have high blood pressure? A Hiatal hernia? A bleeding ulcer? Acid reflux? Gall bladder problems? Irritable bowel syndrome? Hpertension? Depression? Let me ask you: are the health problems worth holding on to that bitterness and anger? Are your feelings, your possessions, or those of your parents, more important to you than your family?
          Have you ever done anything to hurt anyone else? Of course you have. We have all been hurt, and we have all hurt others, sometimes intentionally, sometimes not. We all want to justify ourselves and say, “Well what I said or did isn’t as bad as what they did. Anyway, they deserved it.” When we give ourselves an out like this, we are keeping ourselves in bondage (slavery) to that bitterness. We are not willing to move forward. We get stuck in the past and we make ourselves more miserable than the people we are resenting.
          Don’t you think you deserve good health? Don’t you think you deserve to be happy? You won’t get either of them by holding on to those negative, angry, bitter feelings. Do yourself a big favor: ask God to help you forgive. You’ll be healthier and happier, and you’ll have better relationships with everyone around you.
          Jesus said, “If you don’t forgive others neither will your Father in heaven forgive you.”

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