3 Big Reasons Why Forgiveness Is Important
Forgiveness is a skill worth learning and improving upon. For many of you, it is something you may need to learn to do daily. Look around you. There is so much hurt and hurting going on. Some of the hurting is intentional, however, there are times that someone hurts you unintentionally.
As you learn to practice the skill of forgiveness you will discvoer that it is more about you than the other person. You will also discover that there are some very good reasons why you should be forgiving. Here are three of the main reasons why forgiveness is so important.
It Gives You Strength
Forgiveness isn’t about letting someone off the hook or even their responsibility in the hurt. However it is about coming to terms with an event or an experience to the point where you can let go and find peace. It’s about releasing the anger and resentment that are holding you back and making you miserable.
Forgiving someone doesn’t make you weak. Instead is shows your inner strength, which will only increase as you develop the skill of forgiveness. It takes a lot to forgive someone who has intentionally or unintentionally hurt you. Getting to the point of forgiveness is a huge and very important part in your healing process.
Don’t ever think of the act of forgiveness as weakness. It takes a deeper inner strength in knowing that you can forgive and move on. It is the ability to forgive and move on that will be empowering. Forgiveness is an activity that when done regularly will help EMPOWER you towards a HOPE and a FUTURE. It shows you just how strong you are and how far you’ve come.
It Gives You Peace
Holding on to a grudge takes a lot of mental energy. I know, because there have been times and people that has taken me years to learn how to forgive. It is like having to keep a negative Diary—and yes, there have been times I’ve even written these hurts in a journal. Now, at first, you may need to do that too, write it down. But, the key is not to keep mentally focusing on these memories.
Remember that this negative energy is what drains you and leaves you feeling stressed and depressed. In other words, being angry and resentful isn’t good for you or your mental well-being. So if you already struggle with mental health challenges and depression, you need to learn this skill of forgiveness. For your own health and well-being you need to learn to practice it daily.
When you are able to start forgiving other, things change. Suddenly, you discover that the more you forgive, the more inner peace you will feel. That Inner Peace is hard to explain, but as Jesus said about the peace that passes all understanding, it is true. When you learn to forgive—you will discover that inner peace.
Start small if you have to, but make it a habit to forgive. Like I said earlier, with all the hurting people and those doing the hurting, you may need to make this a daily conscious habit.
Once you start to experience the peace of mind that comes from forgiving the other person, you will be encouraged to forgive more and more often. All it takes is one small step to start. You can do this. Be EMPOWERED towards a HOPE and a FUTURE.
Allows You To Be Happy Again
Once you get to that place of forgiveness and peace something amazing happens!
A big weight lifts off your shoulders, the shackles of hurt are taken off your hands. Suddenly, or perhaps you won’t know exactly when it occurred, you discover something wonderful. The sadness and anger start to melt away that you had buried deep in your inner heart. Like a breath of fresh air you find that you have room in your heart and your mind to be happy again.
Being angry, and especially over a period of time can lead to all kinds of health issues:
- lack of self-esteem
- increased stress
- heart and blood pressure issues
- other pre-existing conditions are worsened
- and more.
However, letting go and forgiving does the exact opposite. Forgiveness helps you to:
- let go
- experience feelings of optimism
- and more.
Forgiveness is a powerful conscious action that is more about your inner health and how empowering it is for you. Rather than for the other person, although forgiving them can lead to healing for them too, the first step is setting you free from holding onto the hurt and negative feelings.
Start forgiving—and realize that the following 3 things will occur:
- Inner Strength
- Increased Peace
- Happiness Returns
It’s well worth it – I promise.