Forgiveness Isn’t Just From God to You, and It’s a Blessing to More Than the Forgiven.

“Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.” The fifth petition of the Lord’s Prayer is incredibly familiar, but it’s often that second part that we miss ever so slightly. How often do we actually, actively and personally forgive others? And does forgiveness require the other person to be there? SoulPancake’s series The Science of Happiness takes on an intriguing study: that forgiveness is a blessing for the forgiver as much as the forgiven. See how releasing a grudge and living in the freedom of love can truly transform your day in the video below.

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Michael Harrell is a former staff member and current volunteer at St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Federal Way, Washington. A blogger by hobby and social media manager by trade, he continues to teach the faith to ninth graders when he's not busy watching movies or theatre. He loves the Seattle Mariners, and his wife wants you to know he's married. You can follow him on Twitter.