Forgiveness is essential for your health. My grandmother, who had five children, was a hard woman. She spoke her mind to their detriment and to the detriment of anyone else that disagreed with her. However, two of her children, my dad included, forgave her and let go of the pain she might have caused them, and chose to love her despite her shortcomings. They are still alive as they should be because they honored her even though she was hard to love, and God has given them long life as he promised in the scriptures. The others passed on too soon and died of disease. I can't say for sure that it had anything to do with their inability to forgive her, but it seems suspicious that they've already passed, and my dad, who was the oldest, is still with us today. I barely knew any of them; they were never around during holiday celebrations because they couldn't face her. They gave up the love of the other family members because of her. The point of today's post is for you to do whatever it takes to forgive others and move on with a clear heart. I'm convinced that the length of your life may depend on it.
“Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the LORD your God is giving you. Exodus 20:12
So also my heavenly Father will do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother from your heart.” Matthew 18:35
For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. Matthew 6:14-15