The Forgiveness Factor


The Forgiveness Factor --It is impossible to ' Be Made Whole' and remain totally healed unless you forgive those who have hurt you.


Many people ruin their health and their lives by taking the poison of bitterness, resentment and unforgiveness. Rest assured, before the sun goes down on another day, someone is going to say something or do something that will offend you. Teaching high school students for over forty years has taught me the need to forgive.  No matter how ugly, rude or even vindictive their behavior might be toward me, I have conditioned my mind and heart to never hold offensive against any student. Don't get me wrong. My students are held accountable for their actions, but once the behavior has been dealt with and their back in class, its a brand new day. All is forgiven and it's time to get back to learning.  More often than not, I have found those same challenging students who I have shown unconditional forgiveness will end up being my favorite and most productive members of the class. 

Ephesians 4:31-32 says, “Get rid of all bitterness and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as Jesus (Yeshua) forgave you." In John 8:34, Jesus is talking to his disciples about following him and his teaching about truth. He says, “I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin.” In other words, until we forgive, we continue to live in sin.


The Most Powerful Story on Forgiveness

  The Rose Price Story 

"You cannot hate anyone more than I hated the Germans," said Holocaust survivor, Rose Price. "Hate had an address in my body. Love cannot dwell in the body with hate. I lost my stomach. I had 27 operations before I went to Berlin in 1981. That's when I forgave the German people. When I finally gave up all the hate and love started coming in, something happened inside my body. I didn’t have pain anymore. I haven’t had an operation since 1981 because the Lord has taken all that poison out of me. Nobody knows the pain you have gone through and nobody knows the pain I went through. But there is no excuse for hate. You have to forgive. You have to give up the hate. It’s not even up to you to have the strength to forgive. You cannot do anything in your own power. You have to go to the Lord and the Lord will give you the strength.



The Deadly Health Consequences of Unforgiveness 



Unforgiveness is classified in medical books as a disease. According to Dr. Steven Standiford, chief of surgeon at the Cancer Treatment Centers of America, refusing to forgive makes people sick and keeps them that way. 



The Destructive Power of Unforgiveness  



Unforgiveness is not only destructive to a person's spiritual health, but also his or her physical well-being. Learn how to be totally healed from physical aliments by the neglected act of forgiveness.



Receiving Healing and Restoration from the Hurts of Our Past 


This is the true story of a young boy who grew up repeated raped by a group of neighborhood bullies. As he matured from adolescence to adulthood, the hidden torment of this unreported crime consumed this young victim's every thought and action. Watch now as the healing power of forgiveness transforms this broken man's heart - destined like many victims of crime to a lifetime of hurt and shame - to a productive gentle man who's heart is now filled with unconditional love and forgiveness for others.



Healing a Failed Marriage 



Too many of today's marriages end up as casualties of war, a daily battle between two individuals wounded by a barrage of hurtful words and actions. Watch this true story of a typical America couple whose battered marriage was not only salvaged from the brink of divorce, but totally healed and restored by individual acts of loving forgiveness.



How to Overcome Unforgiveness 




Pastor and author Riva Tims shares about the dangers of unforgiveness and why it is crucial to live a life free of bitterness.


Unforgiveness and Cancer




The doctors found a lump in her breast. When she went to church, the preacher called out her the name of her disease and concern by name - unforgiveness.


 The Greatest Act of Unconditional Love and Forgiveness


This scene was clipped from the movie "Passion of the Christ". For some, it may be too hard to watch, but it graphically demonstrates the greatest act of unconditional love and forgiveness this world has ever know.


Son forgave his mother for murdering his father



The powerful story of a grown son who forgave his mother for murdering his father when he was just a child.