Large scale atrocities as well as personal hurts and betrayals by people we thought we could trust even with our very lives stir up indignation and resentment in us. The betrayal can cut deep. Although we yearn for vengeance we know we must forgive.

Forgiveness does not necessarily eliminate the consequences of the hurt nor does it condone the actions of the offender. It is also not limited to religious connotation although it cannot be separated from them. Science recognizes the importance of forgiveness as a component of psychotherapy as demonstrated by studies in psychophysiology and neuroimaging.

Forgiveness does have spiritual benefits as well.

With Jesus forgiveness is not an option; it is a command. It is a prerequisite to God’s forgiveness of our sins and to fellowship with Him (Matt. 6: 14). Perhaps forgiveness becomes a little easier when we remember that we too have hurt others and sinned, and God has had mercy on us. That is the same mercy we ought to extend to others. Learn more about your health from the book, The Perfect Prescription by Reigh Simuzoshya at
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