“Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”
– Ephesians 4:32 ESV
Recently in my small group at church, we were talking about forgiveness. Some in the group shared how they have a hard time forgiving others and how this un-forgiveness negatively impacts their lives and relationships.
Someone once said that “un-forgiveness is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die”. The way un-forgiveness effects the offended is far greater than its effects on the offender. Studies have suggested that un-forgiveness may lead to depression, eating disorders, personality disorders and a host of other physical and psychological problems, not to mention its negative impact on our relationship with God.
On the flip-side, other studies have found that the act of forgiveness can reap huge rewards for our health, lowering the risk of heart attack; improving cholesterol levels and sleep; and reducing pain, blood pressure, and levels of anxiety, depression, and stress. And we must not forget that forgiving others honors God as well.