Friday, March 4, 2011

Detoxing our Emotions - Letting go of Unforgiveness

As we stated in our last post it is so important to release our negative emotions in a healthy way and we discussed many different ways to do that.  But many of the people I work with will tell me "I'm doing all that but the feelings and emotions toward some people are so strong I need some other outlet." 

When I see that much toxic, negative emotion and feeling coming out about a particular person, it is usually a good possibility that there is a some unforgiveness or bitterness involved. 

How do we know that we have not forgiven someone?  How do we know that bitterness is creeping into our spirit and soul?  We all have momentary moment of hurt or anger toward another person.  We all have situational feelings toward a particular person.  But when you find you are either thinking or speaking about past issues and bringing up past hurts or pain that a particular person brought into your life, you are probably holding some unforgiveness toward that person. 

This is so important because that kind of emotion or feeling will not go away with simply journaling or talking it out.  That type of emotion has taken root.   Sometimes for years.  So the process to get it out of your system and completely detox from that emotion is more intensive. 

Dr. Don Colbert says, "Forgiveness is like taking an emotional shower; it cleanses and frees the entrapped soul" 

God says, "Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you"  Ephesians 4:31-32 (New Living Translation)

Scientific research proves that love is good for your health.  There was a study done by the University of Wisconsin and they found that " Those who develop an ability to forgive, have greater control over their emotions and are significantly less angry, upset and hurt, and much healthier emotionally and physically.

Next post:  What Forgiveness is and is not

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