I usually share an exercise and declaration on Wednesdays; however, this week, I’m going to share the importance of forgiveness. I remember reading one of Dr. Don Colbert’s books; in which he talked about a woman who had come in to see him. He said that she was a soft spoken and nice woman in her 40s; who was dealing with arthritis. As he interviewed her, her entire demeanor changed when she talked about how her husband left her for a younger woman. She took solace in her hope that something awful would happen to him. He told her that she had to forgive him and just let that go; because it was causing the illness that she was dealing with. Each time she came for a visit; she grew worse and worse. The arthritis had become crippling, she became hunched. She had been his patient for twenty years; and refused to let go of the anger and unforgiveness. She died in her sixties with the ailments and unforgiveness.
I find that the bible is a love story; as well as instruction by YHWH/God, on how to live our lives optimally. YHWH/God, just like any loving parent, wants t see us flourish in life. Matthew 18:23-35 has this great parable about unforgiveness: “Therefore, the Kingdom of Heaven can be compared to a king who decided to bring his accounts up to date with servants who had borrowed money from him. In the process, one of his debtors was brought in who owed him millions of dollars. He couldn’t pay, so his master ordered that he be sold—along with his wife, his children, and everything he owned—to pay the debt. “But the man fell down before his master and begged him, ‘Please, be patient with me, and I will pay it all. Then his master was filled with pity for him, and he released him and forgave his debt. “But when the man left the king, he went to a fellow servant who owed him a few thousand dollars. He grabbed him by the throat and demanded instant payment. “His fellow servant fell down before him and begged for a little more time. ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay it,’ he pleaded. But his creditor wouldn’t wait. He had the man arrested and put in prison until the debt could be paid in full. “When some of the other servants saw this, they were very upset. They went to the king and told him everything that had happened. Then the king called in the man he had forgiven and said, ‘You evil servant! I forgave you that tremendous debt because you pleaded with me. Shouldn’t you have mercy on your fellow servant, just as I had mercy on you? Then the angry king sent the man to prison to be tortured until he had paid his entire debt. “That’s what my heavenly Father will do to you if you refuse to forgive your brothers and sisters from your heart.”
The above verses screams just how important forgiveness is; as well as how unforgiveness brings torment to our minds and bodies. It’s poison! So, for true wellness, the practice of forgiveness has to be incorporated into our daily lives. My personal confession is that I am unoffendable and I ALWAYS forgive. I encourage you to make it yours as well. Ask the Father to show you any unforgiveness that is in your heart; and by faith forgive any and every one (including yourself); who has offended you in any way.
Now, if you don want to exercise (physically) today, check out my 10 Minute Core Workout. It’s short, quick and effective! Have an excellent rest of your week and I’ll “see” you again real soon!