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The Study of Unforgiveness

Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth: Well, the research is clear—resentment and unforgiveness are bad for your health.

According to Dr. Karen Swartz, Director of the Mood Disorders Adult Consultation Clinic at John Hopkins Hospital,

Withholding forgiveness can lead to chronic anger, and this in turn can produce increased heart rate, high blood pressure, and a weakened immune system.1

That reminds me of one of Jesus’ parables in which a servant who had been forgiven much refused to show mercy to a fellow servant. The Bible tells us that in the end the unforgiving servant was handed over to “tormentors.”

I think we, too, may experience tormentors when we refuse to forgive. Those tormentors can be things like chronic physical ailments.

Forgiving someone won’t guarantee a pain-free life. But I can’t help but wonder how much pain we might be spared if we would choose forgiveness instead of bitterness.

With Seeking Him, I’m Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth.


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About the Teacher

Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth

Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth

Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth has touched the lives of millions of women through Revive Our Hearts and the True Woman movement, calling them to heart revival and biblical womanhood. Her love for Christ and His Word is infectious, and permeates her online outreaches, conference messages, books, and two daily nationally syndicated radio programs—Revive Our Hearts and Seeking Him.

She has authored twenty-two books, including Lies Women Believe and the Truth That Sets Them Free, Seeking Him (coauthored), Adorned: Living Out the Beauty of the Gospel Together, and You Can Trust God to Write Your Story (coauthored with her husband). Her books have sold more than five million copies and are reaching the hearts of women around the world. Nancy and her husband, Robert, live in Michigan.