Week 6: March 25-31
In this sixth and final weekly challenge, we say “Yes” to Forgiveness and “No” to Accuse. This sixth weekly challenge is the most obvious one but it’s also the most important. Forgiveness (or lack thereof) probably has greater impact on people than anything else. Forgiveness is good for the heart, mind, body and soul. Two different studies (2003 & 2011) focusing on Forgiveness revealed some interesting results:
*Consider the heart. Both offering Forgiveness and knowingly receiving Forgiveness significantly decreases blood pressure, thereby improving overall heart health. Other benefits included less stress levels and improved relationships.
*Consider the mind. An interesting and obvious conclusion was greatly-reduced anger levels, which also reduced feelings of fear, sadness, and panic. In addition, practicing Forgiveness allows people to move on from their own wrongs, thereby lifting weights of guilt and shame.
*Consider the body. Those who practice unconditional Forgiveness live longer. Researchers believe that one reason was that those who practiced genuine Forgiveness experienced increased immune system benefits. (Other results include improved sleeping and less physical ailments.)
*Consider the soul. Jesus Christ came to earth to Forgive us of all the dumb, stupid mistakes we have made. Jesus heals our broken heart, mind, body and soul…but it’s the soul that Jesus really cares about. Jesus doesn’t care where we’ve been. Rather, he cares most about where we are going.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him” (John 3:16-17, NRSV).
This week, practice Forgiveness. Give it everywhere possible. It’ll not only improve our health, but it’ll also significantly improve our Eternal living conditions.
Say “Yes” to Forgiveness and “No” to Accuse!