The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


70 x 7

For all who think the bar of Jesus' standard for forgiveness (70 times 7) is set a bit too high, here's something to think about. Forgiveness can be better for you than it is for those you forgive.

That's the gist of several studies reported at a recent meeting of the American Psychological Association in Boston. In a study at Hope College, Holland, Mich., heart rate and blood pressure rose and mood worsened in adults who used unforgiving imagery when thinking about a person who had wronged them.

Research at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, showed that refusal to forgive was most common among people with high anger and fear levels.

The study also revealed that people who felt they'd been forgiven in the past for doing as much wrong as those who later offended them were more likely to forgive.


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