- Have you ever been hurt so badly by someone that you find it difficult to forgive?
- Does it sound cheap when people encourage you to forgive and forget?
- Does forgiveness mean swallowing hard and letting your offender off the hook?
- Should you pretend the offense never occurred?
If this is what forgiveness is, most people want nothing to do with it. Yet most also realize that refusing to forgive can be personally costly.
In recent studies, “…social scientists are discovering that forgiveness may help lead to victims’ emotional and even physical healing and wholeness. They believe that the personal benefits of forgiveness include release from anger, rage, and stress which have been linked to physiological problems, such as cardiovascular diseases, high blood pressure, hypertension, cancer, and other psychosomatic illness” (Christianity Today, 2002).
What does Scripture imply when it says, “See to it that ….no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many”…
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