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Move Forward: Choose Forgiveness 

Forgiveness is a strong force that frees our hearts from feeling mad and upset. It keeps us from bearing the weight of grudges and allowing them to hold us back. Deciding to forgive may seem hard, but it brings a lot of good to how we feel emotionally, physically, and spiritually. When you choose forgiveness, it doesn’t just benefit the people around you, or those you’ve chosen to give grace, it benefits you too!

Understand Forgiveness

Sometimes, we think forgiving means saying it’s okay when someone does something wrong. But it’s more about letting go of the bad feelings inside us. Choosing forgiveness means we know we’re hurt or upset, but we don’t want those feelings to control our future. Letting go of the anger, frustration, disappointment, or pain caused by others is an important step in your growth, and potentially theirs.

The Weight of Not Forgiving

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Holding onto anger and keeping grudges is tough on our emotions and our health. It can make our bodies feel stressed, leading to problems like high blood pressure and anxiety. Holding a grudge also impacts our immune system, lowering our body’s ability to fight against illnesses. It also interferes with our relationships, making it hard to grow and connect with others.

Choose Forgiveness for You

One big reason to choose forgiveness is how much it helps you. When you let go of anger and bad feelings, you make life easier for yourself. Forgiveness is like giving yourself a break from the past. It’s a way to be strong and not let negative experiences define who you are or who you’re becoming.

Forgiving is also brave. It demonstrates your ability to rise above the pain, stop the bad feelings, and take control of how you feel. By choosing forgiveness, you show you’re in charge and won’t let others’ actions control your life.

Build Better Connections

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Forgiving isn’t just for you; it’s for everyone around you too. If you choose forgiveness, you get the opportunity to fix broken relationships and make situations better. Forgiveness creates a space for understanding and kindness. By forgiving, you help make your family, friends, or workplace a more positive and happier place.

Break the Bad Cycle

Choosing grace stops the cycle of hurt and revenge. When someone does something wrong, we might want to get back at them, shut them out, or even become passive-aggressive. But when you choose forgiveness, you break this cycle. It helps stop the bad feelings from going on and on. Often, friends see that someone caused you pain, so they rush to take your side and hold a grudge against that person. By forgiving the other party, you show your friends that you’re ready to move on and they will too.

Forgiveness Takes Time

Remember, choosing forgiveness is a process. It’s not something that happens right away. Healing and forgiving take time. You need to let yourself feel sad and then work on letting go. If it’s hard, it’s okay to ask for help from friends, family, or experts. Forgiving might be tough, but it’s worth it in the end. If you’re struggling to find forgiveness in your heart, here are five tips for letting go and moving on.

Choose Forgiveness and Move On

In life, forgiveness is like a tool that helps us heal, grow, and stay strong. When we choose forgiveness, we’re untangling ourselves from being upset, making room for happier and more understanding times. It’s not just about making things right with others; it’s also about taking care of ourselves. So, when things get tough, think about the power of forgiveness—a choice that makes life better for you and for the world around you.

Sometimes, a negative mindset keeps us from being able to choose forgiveness. If you want to forgive someone, consider shifting your attitude first. It’s bound to help you move forward!