Lost in Translation

How many times have we cried out in pain and anger, “I don't want anything to do with them,” and all because of some wrongdoing someone has done to us?

We might later say we’re sorry, but all the while, the black shadow of our hurt clouds our words. What we say isn't what we mean. It’s like a foreign language, one with sounds that are familiar, but our words’ intent burns the soul.

Let’s picture Christ in our situation. Let’s take off our shoes, hand them to him, and see what steps he would take down our angry road.

The answer might surprise us, or maybe we know already, and we just don’t want to let the storm clouds dissipate.

Christ loved us enough that he gave his life for our forgiveness.  And, to think we feel that we can’t forgive someone here on earth.

Colossians 1:14 is the lynchpin we need to base our attitude toward others on. In this verse, we can see the truth found in God’s Word, a truth Christ shared with us on the cross, and one we are commanded to share with our fellow man:

“In Whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our sins.”

Read that again, and then read it one more time. Then, for good measure, say it out loud while looking in the mirror.

We are to forgive!

We must ask God to forgive us for our wrongdoings, and then we must also forgive others for what they've done to us.  When we truly forgive, the hurt, frustration, anger, and sadness will be gone when we remember what they've done. 

Not only do we need to forgive others, we also need to forgive ourselves.  That can be even more difficult to do. 

Not forgiving others as well as ourselves brings on stress, sickness, pain, heartache, and loss of friendship and family.

If we feel someone owes us an apology, talk to them (and listen to what they're saying); it may be just a misunderstanding.

If we have trouble coming up with a prayer of forgiveness, Matthew 6:9-13 gives us an example we can follow:

“Our Father Who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.

“Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

“Give us this day our daily bread.

“And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 

“And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.

“For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever.

“Amen.”

This is a passage we've heard and quoted many times over.  If we just mouth the words as quickly as we can, the meaning will be lost in translation. We need to say it like we mean it and take the message to heart

Jesus loves us, this we know. Now to others, we must let it show.

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Flashback Friday: Originally Published October 26, 2014 in Relationships

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