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Matthew 6:14-15 For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

I had to forgive someone who made my life miserable for many years. I had to ask God to help me because I couldn't do it. It was unrealistic request, and I couldn't comprehend how God would expect me to forgive. I was carrying around many chains of unforgiveness, hate, and resentment.

I was quoting scriptures to God about what was written in His word. I was wanting God to avenge with HIs almighty WRATH! Now I see how wrong I was.

Romans 12:19-21 Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Forgiving this person was not an overnight success, and It took me a little while. God was so gracious to help me take baby steps. I would practice saying I forgive, then I would laugh because I knew I didn't mean it. But over time, I said it and I actually meant it. It was then my life changed for the better. All those the chains fell, and I was free from the hate. I only wish I had done it sooner. In reality, this person was still doing me harm by my not forgiving.

So then I went down the list of everyone that had done me wrong and I started forgiving knowing that I would never receive an apology. I felt such beautiful freedom, and I was finally living life to the fullest!

When someone you care about hurts you, you can hold on to anger and resentment — or embrace forgiveness and move forward.

But if you hold on to that pain, you might be the one who pays most dearly. By embracing forgiveness, you also can embrace peace and hope. Consider how forgiveness can lead you down the path of physical, emotional and spiritual well-being.

What are the benefits of forgiving someone?

Letting go of grudges and bitterness can make way for improved health and peace of mind. Forgiveness can lead to:

  • Healthier relationships.

  • Improved mental health.

  • Less anxiety, stress and hostility.

  • Fewer symptoms of depression.

  • Lower blood pressure.

  • A stronger immune system.

  • Improved heart health.

  • Improved self-esteem.

  • God will forgive you of your sins.

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