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Research subjects had their blood pressure and heart rate monitored as they discussed being betrayed by someone close to them. Initially blood pressure readings shot up for all the participants. But the levels for those who had forgiven soon returned to normal.

The readings for subjects who were grudge-holders, on the other hand, remained high. Interestingly enough, women were more likely to be unforgiving than men.

From this one study, we can see how resentment and unforgiveness can take a physical toll. This clearly supports the wisdom of observing the biblical mandate to forgive those who hurt us or sin against us.

As I mentioned before, our emotions impact the quality of our lives. But you need not be an emotional statistic. You can be a victorious survivor who has been strengthened by adversity and trials.

Whether the trauma happened in your childhood or is due to a recent experience, ask God to renew you emotionally, physically and spiritually. Begin meditating on the truth of His Word.

Healing for your emotions will come as you allow God's wisdom to flow through your life's experiences. Learn to accept and offer His love. Forgive, trust God and live.

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Janet Maccaro, Ph.D., C.N.C., holds a doctorate in nutrition and a degree in natural medicine. She is a respected lecturer and author of Breaking the Grip of Dangerous Emotions, published by Siloam Press, from which this article is adapted.

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