Fresh Hope – 27th April 2017

That chip on your shoulder could be heavier than you think.

The evidence that anger kills is growing every day. Dr Redford Williams says that the stress hormone cortisol, which fuels anger, literally tears blood vessels, causing damage to your arteries.

Continuous anger prevents the healing process from taking place, so once the damage is done, a single bout of rage can trigger a fatal heart attack.

Jesus said, “Don’t lose a minute. Make the first move, make things right. Do it now, otherwise an inevitable process starts working and continues until you have paid the last penny in pain and distress.” (Matthew 5 v 25-26)

Deal with the issue now before it costs you the race. Forgive! Even if the person who wronged you never admits it, or does not seem to suffer for what they’ve done, forgiving will set you free and enable you to move forward, and that’s what’s important.

Never underestimate the power of forgiveness. It’s theĀ one power you always have over the person who hurt you. Abraham Lincoln said, “the best way to destroy an enemy is to make him a friend.” Forgiveness will put a spring in your spiritual step, and give you a second wind for the race of life.

Go ahead…forgive, and watch what happens.

Pastor Mark

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