Facts with Hope
HOPE: Nearly everyone has been hurt by the actions or words of another. But in holding grudges, we may be the one who pays most dearly in higher levels of anxiety, hypertension, depression, substance abuse and more. On the other hand, “forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you” (Ephesians 4:31) will lead you down the path of physical, emotional and spiritual well-being.
HOPE: Colossians 2:7 encourages us to "overflow with thankfulness." Cultivate gratitude in your family by creating an ongoing gratitude list together, sharing positive experiences at mealtimes or during commutes, and sending thank-you notes to people whose kindness you appreciate.
HOPE: Philippians 4:8 (NIV) reminds us that “Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” More than a principle to live by, the verse actually helps you live healthier.
HOPE: The apostle Paul is a great example of writing letters of gratitude. “I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership” (Philippians 1:3-5). Who could you write a letter of gratitude to today? You’ll both be blessed.
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