Biblical Encouragement

Is it Worth Forgiving? Here are 12 Reasons Why You Should

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Forgiveness is an intentional act of setting aside feelings of resentment towards someone who has wronged, hurt, or acted unfairly toward you. It goes beyond simply accepting the situation or suppressing anger. Instead, it involves a deliberate shift in emotions, attitudes, and actions, freeing oneself from resentment to express compassion or generosity towards the person who caused harm.

While many desire to forgive, some may question their ability. Forgiveness isn’t always effortless, yet it’s attainable for many with the appropriate tools and a willingness to invest effort. Here’s how to do just that.

Know What Forgiveness Is

Showing mercy to those who’ve harmed us, even if they don’t “deserve” it is forgiveness. It is not finding excuses for the offending person’s behavior or pretending it didn’t happen. 

Why Forgive?

You benefit when you choose to forgive, and so does everyone around you. Whether you need to forgive others or yourself, doing so sets you free from the past and allows you to fulfill your potential. It allows you to be free from beliefs and attitudes. Your mental and emotional energies can be applied to create a better life.

Forgive Yourself

Most of the time, we tend to be harder on ourselves than we are on others, and we struggle to love ourselves. Suppose you are not feeling lovable because of your actions. In that case, you may need to work on self-forgiveness and offer to yourself what you offer to others who have hurt you: a sense of inherent worth despite your actions.

Develop a Forgiving Heart

Once we overcome suffering, we understand what it means to be courageous, humble, and loving.

Your Health Depends on It

Forgiveness can reap rewards for your health, hence reducing the risk of heart attack, improving cholesterol levels and sleep, and reducing pain, blood pressure, and levels of anxiety, depression, and stress.

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It Heals a Wound in Your Heart

Forgiveness helps us to free ourselves from hatred, to heal our wounds, and to cure our hearts. We forgive in order not to remain crippled in our hearts and unable to love again fully, even those who are closest. 

It Brings You Peace

When we forgive someone, it may feel like we are doing it for them. Holding on to that hurt you just can’t let go of may feel like you are getting revenge and hurting them. But the person you are forgiving may never know that you still think of how they wronged you. The person that is hurting the most is you. One of forgiveness’s most significant benefits is the peace it will bring to your heart.

It Helps Your Other Relationships

Walking around with bitterness or holding a grudge is poisonous to our other relationships. Unforgiveness plants a seed of doubt in our loved ones. Forgiveness helps you love people better, especially those close to you. That’s a huge benefit of forgiveness!

It Stops the Victimhood Mentality

When someone wrongs you, it’s easy to think they destroyed your life. You might even think they ruined your entire future, and you’ll never be happy with your life.

It’s common for people to adopt a victim mentality when they’ve been wronged, which can leave them feeling helpless and powerless. However, forgiving the person who wronged you can help you regain control of your life. By forgiving someone, you acknowledge the pain and damage caused by their actions and grant yourself permission to move on and be free from resentment.

Improved Mental Health

When we forgive someone, we also let go of guilt towards ourselves. We no longer let bitterness and anger poison our other relationships; that space can be filled with love instead.

Sets a Good Example for Others

Forgiveness sets a powerful example for others by showcasing strength, empathy, and resilience. When someone forgives, it demonstrates the ability to move beyond grievances and let go of resentment. This act of forgiveness exhibits maturity and emotional intelligence, inspiring others to consider forgiveness to resolve conflicts or heal relationships. It creates a ripple effect, encouraging a culture of understanding, empathy, and reconciliation, fostering a more compassionate and harmonious environment for everyone involved. Forgiveness sets a positive and transformative example, promoting healing, growth, and mutual understanding in relationships and communities.

Improved Decision Making

Forgiveness can significantly impact decision-making by clearing the mental and emotional clutter caused by harboring resentment or anger. When you forgive, you free up mental space and emotional energy previously occupied by negative emotions. This mental clarity allows for more rational and thoughtful decision-making.

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Susan is a mother of four beautiful babies and a born-again Christian. She took over Hope No Matter What in 2024 and enjoys sharing her knowledge of the goodness and faithfulness of God. Her passion is to bring hope and encouragement to others, and she prays that by sharing her knowledge and personal story, she can inspire others to find enlightenment in God's word.