Anti-Aging Tip From Newfoundland

Do you know what will age you faster than anything else ? Potions and lotions will not slow down aging for you if you are carrying around chronic anger, unforgiveness and bitterness. Holding on to a grudge is stressful and aging. Chronic anger stresses the body, and can cause a host of physical problems, including the development of heart disease. Anger is also visible on the face. Chronic anger will age us quickly.

I have experience with the nasty effects of anger.

Five years ago two priests were dismissed from our parish, and no one came to comfort the wounded and shocked parishioners, including me.

I was tremendously angry about the betrayal, and sought help from a spiritual director, who advised me to read and meditate on the Parable of the Unforgiving Servant, in Matthew 18: 23-35.

I read this passage many times, and still keep the bookmark in my Bible at that page. I realized that God expects us to forgive, no matter how grievously we have been wronged.

I began to pray that God would help me to forgive. I knew that I could not do this in my own strength.

Although secular gurus agree that forgiveness is necessary for the health of the soul, they maintain that humans can forgive through an act of willpower.

Genuine forgiveness; however, requires God’s help.

After praying for the ability to forgive for several years, I noticed one day that my spirit felt lighter, as I had forgiven the perpetrators ! I was able to pray that they would find their way to repentance.

When I looked in my mirror that day, I saw that my appearance had changed ! My eyes sparkled, the tension in my face was gone, and fine lines had softened. I had had a procedure, but it was not a cosmetic procedure, it was a spiritual procedure that released me from the heavy spiritual backpack of anger that I had been carrying around for several years.

Let us pray for the grace of being willing to forgive those who have hurt us. God will help us to forgive, when He sees that we are sincerely willing to do so.

12 thoughts on “Anti-Aging Tip From Newfoundland

    1. Yes, I agree with you. That was an excellent post you wrote. Anger certainly can be useful, ugly or bad. The Holy Spirit helps us to discern which kind it is. Thanks for your comment. 🤗

      Like

  1. Forgiveness is key! Besides the Lord will not forgive us if we don’t forgive others. Great post!

    Matthew 6:15 NIV, “But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.”

    Like

    1. Thanks, Dawn, so true. Sometimes, as we mature as Christians, God will allow situations into our lives that seem almost impossible to forgive. This is when we cling to the Lord especially, praying for strength to forgive. Let us forgive as we have been forgiven, and let us be thankful to the Lord that he gives us supernatural strength to be able to genuinely forgive others. 🤗

      Liked by 1 person

      1. You’re welcome! Forgiveness can be a difficult road. I heard someone say we must make a decision to forgive then trust God to help our feelings catch up with our decision. But like you said, prayer for strength to forgive is needed. 🤗

        Like

      2. Thanks, Dawn. This is so true. It begins with a decision of the will to forgive. God sees this decision , and then will empower us to forgive. As usual, He works in his timing. It took me five years to forgive.🤗

        Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s