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How to Let Go and Forgive

You’ve been hurt and you’re holding a grudge. The other person goes on with their life and you are stuck with a big corrosive resentment that’s eating you up. Your friends and loved ones keep telling you to “just let go!” But how do you do it? And why should you try?  The pain is too deep.

Forgiveness is good for your body, mind and spirit. It helps YOU, not the other individual.  Studies show that forgiveness reduces stress, lowers blood pressure and reduces chronic pain. Forgiveness lessens symptoms of depression, anxiety and hopelessness. It improves our relationships and gives us a greater sense of wellbeing.

Christians forgive to stretch their soul, to be more like Jesus. In the prayer he taught us we say, “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.” Jesus then went on to make it an imperative for Christians, “For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you; but if you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. Matt 6:15-16

Forgiveness is not forgetting. Forgive and forget doesn’t mean we get amnesia. In order for the forgiveness to have value we remember what happened but we let go of the pain.

Forgiveness is not giving in, but it is necessary to heal. As you enter the healing process, it will require spiritual strength, commitment, and most importantly, daily prayer and affirmations.  You are God’s child, and when you place your focus on the inner strength instead of the external transgressions you’ve experienced, you gain peace, contentment, a happier life, and an overall sense of well-being.

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Article by:

Cathy Holloway Hill

Certified Life Coach & Career Consultant

Author of “Emotional Bailout – 9 Principles for Rising When Your World is Falling”

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