Forgiveness is something everyone longs for. Whether it’s ‘student loan forgiveness’ or the large-hearted attitude of a wrongly incarcerated ex-con, forgiveness is in the news. Are you having trouble forgiving someone? Or maybe you wish forgiveness was coming your way from someone you’ve wronged. My colleague, Tim Mitchinson, writing for the July 10, 2015 edition of Fit for Life, helps readers see how forgiveness is not only a relief to both “victim” and “villain” but actually contributes to physical wellbeing. Here’s Tim:
On Friday, July 10, 2015, the Confederate flag on the grounds of the South Carolina State Capitol Building came down permanently. This was an event of historic proportion, one that would have seemed almost unbelievable a year ago.
Why did this happen? According to some commentators, it was largely because the families of the nine people killed at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church a few weeks earlier expressly forgave the suspect, whose website contained photos of the Confederate battle flag. Forgiveness brought down what to so many was a symbol of oppression and suffering.
Forgiveness is not only a powerful force for good in society, it can also promote and even restore health….