Unlimited: Forgiveness Makes You Happy

Feb 11, 2020 905

Blessed is the one whose sin the Lord will never count against them (Romans 4:8).

The word “blessed” in this verse literally means “happy.” Many studies have shown that forgiving others is great for your health. The benefits include lowering the risk of heart attack, improving cholesterol levels, improving sleep, reducing blood pressure and pain, as well as improving mental health. In these ways, by being forgiven, and forgiving others, we can all be happier.

We all like to have boundaries. We like to set limits to things. Peter was a guy who wanted to put a limit on how many times he should forgive, and so he asked Jesus if he should forgive someone even seven times. Jesus basically told him to just forgive and keep on forgiving, without counting (Matthew 18:21, 22).

To refuse to forgive someone is like drinking poison and hoping the other person will die. But forgiving others becomes easy when you start to understand just how much God has forgiven you. Accepting God’s forgiveness for ourselves is the first step in learning to forgive others.

To accept God’s forgiveness, we must first of all understand our own profound personal need for forgiveness, and the extreme lengths to which God has gone to forgive us. When we accept it, and extend forgiveness to others, it not only brings happiness into our own lives, but makes God happy as well.

– Eliezer Gonzalez

Eli’s Reflection: None of us forgives all those we should, nor as perfectly as we should. Are you being poisoned by withholding forgiveness? Reflect for a while about just how much God has forgiven you. Then make a plan to improve your health and happiness by forgiving the person you need to forgive.

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