So we have talked a little bit about this but I want to delve a little bit more into the affects of of unforgiveness in our lives. According to Karen Swartz, M.D., at The Johns Hopkins Hospital “Chronic anger puts you into a fight-or-flight mode, which results in numerous changes in heart rate, blood pressure and immune response. Those changes, then, increase the risk of depression, heart disease and diabetes, among other conditions. Forgiveness, however, calms stress levels, leading to improved health” There is medical proof that unforgiveness affects your body. This is something to seriously pursue in all of our lives! If you have unforgiveness over situations in your life then you are literally allowing that situation to potentially make you physically and mentally sick in so many different ways.
I am going to argue that you need forgiveness in your life. You need to have the strength and self control to forgive people around you on a daily basis so that you are not messing up your body or mind over these situations. There is research supporting that higher levels of forgiveness leads to lower levels of stress and who in their right mind would not choose to have less stress in their lives…you need this! No person is perfect, even our closest friends and family can easily hurt us so if you want to have good relationships and be able to love people you need to forgive them, Every. Single. Day. If you haven’t read my whole forgiveness series please go back and take a look, they will give some more detail on how to safely accomplish forgiveness without putting yourself in danger.
Every day someone can do something to mess us up in some way if we let it but if we work on it we can completely forgive those around us on a daily basis. We shouldn’t let others around us control us or lead us down a path we don’t want to go in many ways in life and that includes emotionally and physically. Don’t let mean people hurt you on an ongoing basis and have any measure of control over your life. Work on forgiveness, become a master at forgiving and do not let up. Make it a daily habit to ask yourself if there was anything that happened that day you need to apply forgiveness to. Be self aware enough to know when it is needed and strong enough to apply it to every situation necessary. Take care of yourself, protect yourself and forgive like you never have before and you might just live better than you ever have before!