Forgive for Your Health’s Sake!
by Laine Lawson Craft
Let’s face it, offering forgiveness is hard to extend on a good day; but now with these pandemic days, it is harder than ever to forgive. It’s not because we are mean, but it is because we are facing so many negative emotions these days. The result of all these emotional struggles starts to take a toll on our health as well.
So how do we forgive so that we can stay healthy mind, body, soul and spirit?
One of the biggest obstacles keeping us from being emotionally healthy is harboring unforgiveness. Many of us walk around with unresolved bitterness because of the hurts that we have endured. Whether it is betrayal, assaults, bullying or rejection, we can feel paralyzed and robbed of any positive emotions. These hurts can create a very dark season for us, but the truth is that forgiving our offenders is for our greatest benefit. Forgiveness sets us free.
How do we forgive others? In my latest book, Enjoy Today Own Tomorrow, we unpack the process of forgiveness in a three-step process.
The first step in our healing journey, Reconnect. To reconnect with God through all our hurts, we must resist our natural urge to run away from God and instead run to God. Really reconnect with God by opening the door to trust Him deeper. Open your heart and connect with God today.
Our second step, Realign with God. We need to take our brokenness to God and then realign our hearts with His heart. We simply ask God to clean our hearts, so that we may have a heart more like His. When we can do this, we are then able to clean out any spaces filled with negative emotions and create space with a heart for God and His truths. We are one step closer to our goal!
Finally, we must Reactivate. This is the essential component for forgiveness to be fully recognized. It is through reactivating the power within us and moving through God’s power so that we can forgive. It is not natural for us to forgive violators, bullies or betrayers. It takes the supernatural, the inner power of God that lives within us to be able to let go of offenses and be set free.
When we reconnect to God, realign our hearts with God, and then reactivate the power of God within us, healing is experienced. Forgiving sets us free. Let’s move on to live the life we love, enjoying every day free from our hurts and living healthier every day!
Laine Lawson Craft, speaker, television host, and author of three books with her newest book releasing, Enjoy Today Own Tomorrow: Discover the Power to Live the Life You Love, coming August 17, 2020, nationwide. When she’s not on the road speaking, she is at home in Alabama with her fun and handsome husband of over 33 years. She also loves spending time with her three young adults, Steven, Lawson and Kaylee. LaineLawsonCraft.com
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