Scientific research shows that when I forgive I will be happier and healthier. (Robert Enright Ph.D., International Forgiveness Institute, University of Wisconsin-Madison) Studies by Dr. Fred Laskin at Stanford University also indicate that forgiveness can be learned — there is yet hope for me.
However, giving up ALL claims to revenge or punishment because of an offense is extraordinarily difficult. Extending mercy rather than retribution is an intentional act that does not come naturally to me.
However, more important than the scientific research and positive benefits to my health is the fact that Jesus told me I must forgive. Forgiveness is an act of obedience, requiring the work of the Holy Spirit in me.
Forgive us our debts as we also have forgiven our debtors...For if you forgive men when they sin against you your Heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Heavenly Father will not forgive your sins. (Matthew 6:12, 14, 15 NIV)
Science confirms what Jesus had already told me ...forgive! Now comes the challenge of living out a life of forgiveness. Please join me.