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JW Public Talk #68: Do You Harbor Resentment, Or do You Forgive?

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      “Become kind to one another, tenderly compassionate, freely forgiving one another just as God also by Christ freely forgave you.” (Ephesians 4:32)
      While every sin is an offense in God’s sight, he mercifully takes into consideration our failings because of inherited human imperfection. Indeed, the psalmist acknowledged: “If errors were what you watch, O Jah, O Jehovah, who could stand? For there is the true forgiveness with you, in order that you may be feared.” (Psalm 130:3, 4) 
      So, what should we do when we err and sin against others, perhaps unintentionally? Recall that the model prayer that Jesus taught his followers to pray includes this request: “Forgive us our sins, for we ourselves also forgive everyone that is in debt to us.” (Luke 11:4) Yes, God will grant us forgiveness if we come to him and ask for it in Jesus’ name.—John 14:13, 14.
      Note that Jesus included the condition that we also forgivethose “in debt to us.” The apostle Paul reminded his fellow believers: “Become kind to one another, tenderly compassionate, freely forgiving one another just as God also by Christ freely forgave you.” (Ephesians 4:32) 
      When we forgiveothers their faults, we will have good reason to expect God to forgive us ours.
      God will overlook our shortcomings and grant us forgiveness if we come to him and ask for it in Jesus’ name.
      The foremost reason to confess a sin is to gain an approved standing with God.

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    • By Bible Speaks
      How Complete Does 
      Jehovah Forgive?
      Have full confidence in the God who carries away the sins of those who seek his forgiveness on the basis of their faith in Jesus Ransom Sacrifice 
      28 "Just as the Son of man came, not to be ministered to, but to minister
      and to give his life as a ransom in exchange for many.”
      ( Matthew 20:28) NWT 

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           "READY TO FORGIVE"
           A CONTRITE HEART ❤️ 
      Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. "The sacrifices pleasing to God are a broken spirit;
      A heart broken and crushed, O God, you will not reject."
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      23 "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God."
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      Dear Arauna,
      It is through Jesus that God forgives all our sins.  I pray you read Psalm 103, especially verse 12:  As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.
      Our love for Jesus and His love for us compels us to walk in his footsteps.  We aren't saved by our own merit, but by the righteousness of Jesus.
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      Conflict doesn’t just weigh down the spirit; it can lead to physical health issues. But these steps from a Johns Hopkins expert can help you move toward forgiveness—and better health.
      Whether it’s a simple spat with your spouse or long-held resentment toward a family member or friend, unresolved conflict can go deeper than you may realize—it may be affecting your physical health. The good news: Studies have found that the act of forgiveness can reap huge rewards for your health, lowering the risk of heart attack; improving cholesterol levels and sleep; and reducing pain, blood pressure, and levels of anxiety, depression and stress. And research points to an increase in the forgiveness-health connection as you age.
      “There is an enormous physical burden to being hurt and disappointed,” says Karen Swartz, M.D., director of the Mood Disorders Adult Consultation Clinic at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Chronic anger puts you into a fight-or-flight mode, which results in numerous changes in heart rate, blood pressure and immune response. Those changes, then, increase the risk of depression, heart disease and diabetes, among other conditions. Forgiveness, however, calms stress levels, leading to improved health.
      Can You Learn to Be More Forgiving?
      Forgiveness is not just about saying the words. “It is an active process in which you make a conscious decision to let go of negative feelings whether the person deserves it or not,” Swartz says. As you release the anger, resentment and hostility, you begin to feel empathy, compassion and sometimes even affection for the person who wronged you.
      Studies have found that some people are just naturally more forgiving. Consequently, they tend to be more satisfied with their lives and to have less depression, anxiety, stress, anger and hostility. People who hang on to grudges, however, are more likely to experience severe depression and post-traumatic stress disorder, as well as other health conditions. But that doesn’t mean that they can’t train themselves to act in healthier ways. In fact, 62 percent of American adults say they need more forgiveness in their personal lives, according to a survey by the nonprofit Fetzer Institute.
      Making Forgiveness Part of Your Life
      Forgiveness is a choice, Swartz says. “You are choosing to offer compassion and empathy to the person who wronged you.” The following steps can help you develop a more forgiving attitude—and benefit from better emotional and physical health.  
      Reflect and remember.
      That includes the events themselves, and also how you reacted, how you felt, and how the anger and hurt have affected you since.
      Empathize with the other person.
      For instance, if your spouse grew up in an alcoholic family, then anger when you have too many glasses of wine might be more understandable, says Swartz.
      Forgive deeply.
      Simply forgiving someone because you think you have no other alternative or because you think your religion requires it may be enough to bring some healing. But one study found that people whose forgiveness came in part from understanding that no one is perfect were able to resume a normal relationship with the other person, even if that person never apologized. Those who only forgave in an effort to salvage the relationship wound up with a worse relationship.
      Let go of expectations.
      An apology may not change your relationship with the other person or elicit an apology from her. If you don’t expect either, you won’t be disappointed.
      Decide to forgive.
      Once you make that choice, seal it with an action. If you don’t feel you can talk to the person who wronged you, write about your forgiveness in a journal or even talk about it to someone else in your life whom you trust.
      Forgive yourself.
      The act of forgiving includes forgiving yourself. For instance, if your spouse had an affair, recognize that the affair is not a reflection of your worth, says Swartz. 
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      Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD): A disorder in which your “fight or flight,” or stress, response stays switched on, even when you have nothing to flee or battle. The disorder usually develops after an emotional or physical trauma, such as a mugging, physical abuse or a natural disaster. Symptoms include nightmares, insomnia, angry outbursts, emotional numbness, and physical and emotional tension.
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      "With you counsel you will lead me."(Psalm 73:24)
      Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. "David then said to Nathan: “I have sinned against Jehovah.” Nathan replied to David: “Jehovah, in turn, forgives your sin.You will not die."

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