FORGIVENESS can look and sometimes be an overwhelmingly hard thing to do. Especially the kind that has festered for weeks, months, or years.
To forgive or not to forgive can feel like an emotional roller coaster ride. On one hand you feel like I have a right to be upset and then on the other you know it’s not always worth the time and energy it takes to maintain that level of anger against someone.
As I was watched Dr. Owens minister about the importance of health Tuesday night at The First Baptist Church of Glenarden, she made a profound statement. She said that sickness could be a product of unforgiveness. WOW! That was truly one of those statements that stops you in your tracks and causes you to meditate; a “Selah” moment indeed.
Dr. Owens read from Exodus 15:26, which reads, “If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the Lord that health thee.”
After hearing and reading that scripture, I am truly convinced that it’s not God’s will that we get or live with sickness. No matter what we’ve come to believe, God doesn’t punish us through infirmities. It’s his will that we are prosperous in every area of our lives including our health.
Forgiveness is not so much for the other person as it is for yourself. Forgiveness is pleasing to God and if we forgive then we will be forgiven (Matthew 6:14-15).
But forgiveness is also important for us to maintain optimum spiritual and natural health. Which will enable us to carry out our designed purpose.
Just to take this thought mainstream…I was reading an article that talked about a study done by Duke University Medical Center researchers which showed that out of 61 individuals who suffered from chronic back pain, those who were more apt to forgive gave an account of minimal levels of pain. This lead researchers to believe that a relationship appears to exist between forgiveness and persistent pain.
In this same article it showed that forgiveness, lowers stress levels, keeps your heart healthy, lowers blood pressure, and extends life.
So, just in case you were thinking pain is just something we get, here’s additional information to counter that belief. And, if you still can’t believe it, then just ask the Holy Spirit what is the reason behind your current state, you may be surprised by his answer.
Here’s To Your Health!!!
Stephanie B. Davis
Certified Natural Health Professional
**Disclaimer: Please pray and ask God for direction and always consult a doctor before starting any new regimen.**