A friend of mine was in a car accident with his wife in the winter of 2005. Both walked away without any life-threatening injuries, but my friend’s wife suffered physically for more than eight years afterwards. Torn muscles in her shoulder didn’t heal well, and she was left with chronic pain. Nothing seemed to fix the problem. Thousands of dollars spent and years of therapy could only provide relief for a few days at a time, but then the pain would return in full force. She was stuck in a never-ending cycle until a deeper work could be done.
After attending one of my seminars, my friend was led to apologize to his wife for causing the accident that brought so much pain into her life. She burst into tears, chose to forgive him for an offense that she didn’t even realize she held against him, and was instantly healed. After eight long years of pain and fruitless therapy, her physical body was restored simply through the power of forgiveness!
When seeking to improve our physical health, we often turn to nutrition, exercise, medication and other forms of therapy. All
of these things can be great, but they begin to lose their effectiveness when we also suffer on an emotional level. Hanging on to negative feelings about past events puts us in a prison of pain – both physically and emotionally – and often, only one thing can let us out.
Forgiveness doesn’t mean we agree with what happened or that it was deserved. However, it is a key that lets us step out of the
pain so God can heal the memory and close the wound that has been affecting us. Extending grace to others, as well as to ourselves, sets us free to be healed in spirit, soul and body.
Is there someone you need to forgive today, in order that you may be set free and can begin to receive your own healing in body, soul and spirit?
Article by Matt Taylor