We all know that the Bible teaches that we should extend it to others who have wronged us. Of course, that is easier said than done.
But did you know that forgiving others is also good for your health?
A new field of research has developed on the subject of forgiveness.
Recent studies suggest that those who do not forgive others are more likely to experience high blood pressure, bouts of depression, and problems with anger, stress, and anxiety.
Charlotte van Oyen Witvliet of Hope College in Holland, Michigan has found that there are “robust” physiological differences between non-forgiving and forgiving states in those she has studied. “If you are willing to exert the effort it takes to be forgiving,” says Witvliet, “there are benefits both emotionally and physically.”
Interesting how we are finally catching up on what God has told us in His Word!
Paul, in his Epistle to the Ephesians, wrote, “And do not bring sorrow to God’s Holy Spirit by the way you live. Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of malicious behavior. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, FORGIVING ONE ANOTHER, just as God through Christ has FORGIVEN YOU!” (Ephesians 4:30-32).
Tonight at Harvest Orange County, I want to talk about the power of forgiveness. I believe this message could change some people’s very lives.
You can join us live or watch the live webcast at 7:00 PM, Pacific, at