In the posts before the holidays I talked more about cellular memory and stress and its effects on us physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. According to many well-respected experts, including Dr. Bruce Lipton, beliefs and cellular memories are in control of our cells – not our DNA. We also know that stress causes mutations in our cells – cell “suicide.” There are all different types of stress – physical like injuries, accidents, surgeries, abuse; emotional like guilt, shame, fear and anger; and mental stress like worry, low sense of self-worth.
And we also know that stress is unique to each one of us. What stresses me out may not even affect you at all! But it all must be addressed internally. You cannot solve your problem, regardless of what it is, outside yourself. You cannot “blame” God or anyone else, even if they are the cause of the problem.
So besides praying that Prayer of Transformation, possibly the most essential step is forgiveness. This is critical physically as well as spiritually. Think about what we most often do when someone offends or hurts us – we feel that emotionally and unless the person comes to us and apologizes and we are able to release that offense, in order to “get over it” we bury it – we just ignore it in order to stop continually feeling it. However, it’s not gone – it’s just hidden inside us.
Dr. Richards explained that the original meaning of the word forgive is to send away. So let’s look at John 20:23 from the Amplified: “… if you forgive the sins of anyone, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of anyone, they are retained.” If I substitute Dr. Richard’s definition it reads: “If you send away the sins of anyone they are sent away; if you retain the sins of anyone, they are retained.” Obviously retained means they are held on to but it also means to give them mastery! So you could say: If you send away the sins of any, they’re sent away from you (!); if you retain them, then they have mastery over you. Wow! That is worth thinking about.
Well that hit me like a ton of bricks! So we are to forgive or send the offense away – not ignore it or pretend it doesn’t bother us any more – because if we don’t send it away, our bodies assume we want to keep it. It has less to do with the person who hurt us than it does the feeling it causes us because whenever we get into a similar situation, that buried feeling from the offense is triggered. In fact he says we are to send the offense away and to treat the person with “mercy” and wisdom – in other words, be more kind to them than they deserve but you don’t have to necessarily trust them or spend time with them.
Are there sins or offenses that have been committed against you that you have not sent away?
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Ann, I honestly don’t think I’m harboring unforgiveness about anything, so perhaps I need to ask God about this. To reveal and heal (and send away!) any unknown wounds that may be affecting me in some way. While I don’t have physical issues and pain, I do experience other emotional discomforts from time to time and I know there must be a reason!
Michael, while they find that most people have unforgiveness issues of some type, it may not be the case for you. Asking God to reveal anything that may be hindering or affecting you is the way to go for sure.
On Wed, Jan 2, 2013 at 10:34 AM, 3-D Vitality
God doesn’t hold any of my sins against me because of Jesus, so I don’t hold the sins of others against them. When I am reminded of something someone has done, I just pray for them.
Have a Victorious Day!
Great post once again! I would have to agree with Dr. Richards assessment of forgiveness. One of the lessons taught in A.A . was exactly about the supposed burial of sins and forgiveness. If we don’t “let go” those deeply hidden feelings eventually get the better of us. In fact, years of burying feelings leads to depression, alcoholism, drug addiction and mental illness for many people.
It’s strange you wrote this post and I (not seeing yours) posted a similar message.
Far better to truly forgive, put it in Gog’s hands and let go.
Absolutely true, Jim.
Awesome post! When you exchanged the words…it hit me like a ton of bricks too! It’s not an easy concept to grasp, well, easy to understand just hard to actually implement 100% to our core. Thanks, Ann!
Thank you Lisa – I know what you mean – that was beyond an “aha” moment for me!
I really like the verse from John with the substituted words. It really makes me think of it in a whole new light. I want to be sure I’m not harboring any unforgiveness because the one it’s really hurting is me!
Absolutely, Michael. I think we forget that this is always the case!
On Sun, Jan 20, 2013 at 2:30 PM, 3-D Vitality
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