It’s not surprising that forgiveness is a popular topic for research. We live in a flawed world with flawed people. Disappointment, hurt, and betrayal are all part of the human experience, whether deliberate or not. Forgiveness and unforgiveness (whatever you choose) have profound spiritual, physical, emotional, and mental consequences in our lives and the lives of others around us.
You come to a fork in the path when you are confronted with disappointment, hurt, or betrayal. Consider a fork in the path… Forgiveness is one way, and unforgiveness is another.
In this post, we’ll address the question: what are the benefits of forgiveness in the bible? The combination of biblical truth and modern research will offer a picture of both unforgiveness and forgiveness.
What is the importance of forgiveness in Christianity?
Forgiveness is a verb that means “to let go of a debt.” We live in a fallen world, and we are all flawed individuals, as previously said. As a result of those flaws, we commit sin. Each and every day. Our sins accumulate debt in Christianity, yet God provided a solution for our debts to be forgiven. He paid the payment for our debt by sending His only Son. Our debt is canceled as a result of Jesus’ death on the cross. He paid the debt for both you and me.
Be kind and sympathetic to one another, forgiving one another, as God forgave you in Christ. 4:32 (Ephesians)
As we have been forgiven, we are called to forgive others. This is an opportunity to praise God by forgiving others, based on the amount of forgiveness we have already received. Furthermore, we gained forgiveness at the expense of Jesus. While the gift of eternal life is freely given to anyone who chooses to accept it, Jesus’ death was the price. The proper reaction is complete devotion. Obedience is a part of complete dedication. It is a component of that obedience to forgive others.
What does the Bible have to say about forgiveness?
God commands us to forgive others in the same way that we have been forgiven (Ephesians 4:32). The Bible as a whole is the greatest love narrative ever told. Every detail points to Christ and his sacrifice on the cross. Through Jesus, we have redemption or the forgiveness of our sin debt. Our Heavenly Father encourages us to forgive because of the abundant forgiveness we have received through Christ.
It’s critical to understand that God doesn’t ask us to do anything that He hasn’t prepared us to do (2 Peter 1:3). He also doesn’t ask us to do anything that He won’t use for our benefit in the end. Both of those promises are especially poignant when the word “can’t” enters our story in the thorny area of forgiveness.
Recommended: seven Scriptures on forgiveness.
What are the benefits of forgiveness in the bible?
1. It relieves your own discomfort.
Since giving the flowers, I’ve been shocked at how relieved I’ve felt. The pain I’ve been experiencing is far more than it was previously. There’s also a sense that I’m feeling better about my own role in whatever my friend’s relationship is. There is greater patience and trust that things will end out good, rather than feeling helpless and incompetent.
It was great to replace my hurt feelings with therapeutic activity. I could feel the animosity in my heart dissipate, and I was able to reconnect with the affection and love I’ve always felt for my friend. Yes, we were giving flowers as a healing gesture—we wanted to give our buddy something that might clear things—but we both felt lighter and as if we had received a gift as well.
2. Allowing yourself to forgive reduces your stress levels.
We may say that holding a grudge is the polar opposite of forgiveness. It turns out that holding a grudge has a negative impact on our health. Participants in a study conducted by psychologists at Hope College in Michigan were asked to recollect a grudge they had against someone. Blood pressure, heart rate, and sweating all rose when I remembered the grudge. Participants mentioned feeling furious, unhappy, anxious, and out of control on an emotional level.
When they were asked to envision forgiving the individual with whom they had a grudge, their stress levels dropped and the physical symptoms they had been experiencing went away. In the psychological realm, forgiveness has also been demonstrated to reduce stress and internal conflict while also restoring positive thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.
Daniel Goleman reminds us in his book Social Intelligence that studies of people who are post hostile demonstrate that just thinking about the group they despise causes their bodies to release the pent-up rage. It floods them with stress hormones, causing their blood pressure to rise and their immune system to deteriorate. Forgiving someone with whom we have a grudge reverses the biological reaction. It reduces pain and sadness by lowering blood pressure, heart rate, and stress hormone levels.
When we forgive others, we are also releasing our own hostility, so we benefit just as much as they do.
3. It’s the only way to be liberated.
When Nelson Mandela became President of South Africa in 1994, one of the things for which he is known is his insistence on a policy of forgiveness rather than revenge. On his release from prison, he declared in one of his most famous quotations,
I knew I’d still be in prison if I didn’t leave my resentment and hatred behind as I stepped out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom.
You are no longer bound to the perpetrator if you can find it in yourself to forgive.
Both quotations emphasize the need for forgiveness in our lives. That isn’t to imply it’s a walk in the park. It might be difficult to forgive when we have been through a great deal of pain. Knowing that it is the only way to start our own healing process can give us the strength to try.
When we spend time thinking about the wrongs that have been done to us and the pain that comes with it, we are constantly drawn back into the past. We are still imprisoned in the jail of all our warring emotions, even if we try to go on. We can move forward by forgiving.
4. Forgiving others allows you to recognize their suffering.
We are not born with the desire to harm others or the want to hate. As we grow older, our life experiences mold us. If we take the time to investigate the facts surrounding the person who has wronged us, we can frequently uncover a plethora of evidence that helps to explain their actions. When we take the time to reflect on our shared humanity, we can begin to see things in a new light.
The person who hurt us is a vulnerable human being, just like us, trying to cope with their problems. Each of us is attempting to find a way to live a happy life free of suffering, but experience has taught us that this is impossible. Suffering is a part of life. The way we handle our grief can sometimes cause us to hurt others, either purposefully or accidentally.
Isn’t it true that we sometimes require forgiveness from others for the harm we do them? Don’t we want to be forgiven if we cause harm?
5. It holds compassion’s seeds.
It can be difficult to forgive. We must practice patience with ourselves. Compassion can be difficult in and of itself. Despite the fact that we all have the capacity for compassion in our hearts and thoughts, our life experiences can make it difficult to access. We need to start small and gain confidence in our abilities to care about other people’s pain and desire to help them overcome it.
Connecting with others, paying attention to what they’re going through, and seeing how similar we all are can help us change our thinking to compassion. Allowing others to forgive us when they hurt us will aid in the development of compassion seeds.
What role does forgiveness play in the healing process?
In order to heal emotionally, forgiveness is essential. We can’t move forward if we don’t forgive each other. The decision to forgive allows God to deal with the offense as He sees fit (Romans 12:9). Unforgiveness, on the other hand, breeds bitterness and animosity. When we are prone to bitterness and resentment, we are unable to attend to the heart’s processing and healing.
Forgiveness allows you to be free of the past.
Freedom from the past is another key part of forgiveness. It’s past time for us to free ourselves from the consequences of someone else’s wrongdoing. When we don’t give offense to God, we carry it about with us, robbing us of the energy we need to live in the moment. Release of the offense, on the other hand, allows one to live freely in the present. There will be no more looking back. Rather, it’s about appreciating the beauty of being present in the moment.
What role does forgiveness have in relationships?
In a damaged world, forgiveness is a necessary talent. Our relationships flourish when we master forgiveness. Every single day, we all fall short. Extending forgiveness brings grace into our lives and reflects God’s goodness and grace to people around us.
It’s about leaving a godly legacy in our family. Forgiveness serves as a reminder of unconditional love and compassion in our relationships. Both are crucial parts of a happy partnership. There is no thriving in our relationships without forgiveness.
What role does forgiveness have in your relationship with God?
Our connection with God will be harmed by unforgiveness. Every day sin shatters our relationship with God. As a result, we confess our sins to Him and ask for forgiveness. How can we sincerely seek forgiveness from God while refusing to extend it to others?
It’s also worth noting that we’re told to forgive as we’ve been forgiven (Ephesians 4:32). We are saying “no” to God when we refuse to forgive. Disobedience, without a doubt, does not bring us closer to God.
Unforgiveness has a significant impact on one’s health!
Unforgiveness has a significant price tag: your physical well-being. Unforgiveness has been linked to poor sleep and exhaustion in studies. The stress of carrying on with an old wound might lead to increased worry and sadness. It gets worse: unforgiveness has a harmful impact on your immune system. When it comes to forgiving, physical health is a crucial issue to consider.
Are you still persuaded of the significance of forgiveness
By choosing forgiveness, you are replicating the forgiveness that Christ offers. It also entails deciding to obey God’s Word and to have constant communion with Him. Forgiveness is the obvious decision when it comes to thriving relationships, letting go of the past, and improving one’s health.