The Release of Forgiveness
To forgive is so hard for people. When people do wrong things to us, we tend to feel like they should pay for their actions. We tend to want to see them hurt so we know they have been paid back for hurting us. We tend to hold that person hostage until we can see the revenge. Dealing with forgiveness in my childhood really freed me. In order for forgiveness to take place, my heart had to soften toward that person.
When we feel angry with someone, we get a tight feeling in our chest and body, and our minds aren’t free. Blood flow to the heart is constricted. The blocked love flow profoundly affects the way your body functions. This can cause alteration in the pattern of chemicals and electricity in your body. It also disrupts the harmony of the brain waves, making you less able to think clearly and make good decisions.
When the body is physically in a state of stress, muscles also tighten, causing imbalances or pain in the neck, back and limbs. Blood flow to joints are restricted, making it more difficult for the blood to remove wastes from the tissues and reducing the supply of oxygen and nutrients to the cells.
Normal processes of repair and recovery from injury or arthritis are impaired. Clenching of the jaws contributes to problems with teeth and jaw joints. Headaches can become a problem. Chronic pain may get worse. Digestion is impaired. Breathing may become more difficult. Anger can seriously impair the immune system, increasing the risk of infections and illness.
According to studies, doctors have found that there is a huge relationship between forgiveness and health. In cancer patients, 61 percent have forgiveness issues. As doctors learn more about these effects, many are beginning to integrate “forgiveness therapy” into certain treatments.
Who is worth you having this DIS-EASE going on in your body? I found that it is best to release those hurts to God so He can do what only He can do. If I am in the way trying to seek revenge or take care of the situation myself instead of trusting and obeying Him, He has no obligation to deal with that person. So help yourself and choose to forgive!