Whether you believe in the message of Easter or not, as humans we are programmed for forgiveness. We are either seeking forgiveness or dispensing forgiveness when relationships are broken.
The messes we create and are the victims of ultimately go on without resolution until the element of forgiveness is added. Relationships for which we are also designed demand peace and resolutions to exist.
The imperfections within all of us guarantee the need for a path to forgiveness.
I’m not writing pretending to be a life coach, but I do know from 50+ years of navigating through many relationship situations and observing many others that there is more at stake than a broken relationship.
What is it doing to your health to not forgive or receive forgiveness?
- Lower levels of stress: Studies have found that individuals who are more forgiving tend to have lower levels of stress, which can have positive effects on overall health.
- Improved cardiovascular health: Forgiveness has been linked to improved cardiovascular health, including lower blood pressure and a reduced risk of heart disease.
- Stronger immune system: Forgiveness may also boost the immune system, leading to better overall health and fewer illnesses.
- Better mental health: Individuals who are more forgiving may experience improved mental health outcomes, including reduced symptoms of anxiety and depression.
- Longer life: Some studies have found a correlation between forgiveness and longer life spans.
It’s important to note that forgiveness is a complex process that can be difficult to achieve in some situations. However, working towards forgiveness can have a positive impact on both physical and mental health.
Additionally, forgiveness does not necessarily mean forgetting or condoning harmful behavior, but rather letting go of the negative emotions associated with it.
Personally, I find the message of Easter, like many other Biblical narratives, a blueprint for successful and healthy relationships. Whether you do or not, caring for yourself through a true understanding of how forgiveness works, and its benefits can make a difference in your relationships and health.
I hope this Easter you experience forgiveness or apply forgiveness so you can renew your mind, body, and spirit to live a whole life.
Wishing you the best in life and relationships.
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