The Balanced Life

Rebecca Tucker, LCSW

Forgiveness

Science:  Studies done by multiple researchers on forgiveness have yielded ample evidence that Forgiveness improves our health. In fact, there have been about 1200 studies on this subject.  Each have found some evidence that forgiveness helps us live more healthfully.  It has been shown to decrease blood pressure and heart rate and improve sleep and the immune system while decreasing the likelihood of depression, anxiety and bad cholesterol build-up. In contrast, bitterness can result in the reverse of these and can increase likelihood of heart disease, hypertension and a need for medication to manage all of these maladies.  Clearly, forgiveness is a key part of the balanced life!

Scripture:  There are many scripture verses or stories that depict forgiveness.  Here are just a few: The story of Joseph–particular Genesis 50; Psalm 32; Proverbs 17:9; Matthew 9:1-7; Matthew 18:21-22; 1 John 1:9.

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