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“Only Nixon could go to China.”

September 13, 2013

Hey, I tried twice to write a new blog today, but internet service has been up and down the last two days and I lost both of my previous attempts.  What follows is a blog written when this site was in its infancy.  Back when I tried harder to maintain a Star Trek theme.

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Greetings,

Spock quoted this old Vulcan (Ha Ha) proverb to Kirk just before they were to host a diplomatic dinner with The Klingon Chancellor and his advisors aboard the Enterprise.  Problem is the last thing Kirk wants to do is to discuss peace with a Klingon because a Klingon murdered his son and he is still nursing deep wounds over that incident.  Kirk has an extensive history with the Klingons including battle situations, and he tends to view them as “animals” because of what happened with his son.

Peace is not something that Kirk sees as desirable or even possible.  He has been wronged and he is unwilling to forgive or let go of his personal pain.  How many of us have been there?  Most likely not due to the loss of a son, but wronged and unwilling to forgive is a place that most of us visit at least once in our lives.  I know I have spent a season or two there and I definitely do not recommend it.  Being unwilling to forgive damages our “heart” and leads to bitterness.  And bitterness is a stone cold killer that destroys everything in its path, including relationships.  There can be no peace where bitterness is allowed to live.  So, “Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.  Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” (Ephesians 4:31-32)

Forgiveness is the key that unlocks our hearts and allows us to truly live free in Jesus.  Refusing to forgive brings severe bitterness, rage, anger and eventually malice.  Malice is defined as “a desire to harm others or to see others suffer.”  An “Eye for an eye” may sound reasonable for severe offenses, but it is not the way of Jesus or the cross.  In the long run such attitudes and behavior only causes us to suffer.  Other people will wrong us in this life, and it is how we respond to such wrongs that helps define our lives.  Because we are to, “Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no one will see The Lord.  See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.”  (Hebrews 12:14-15)

We need to remember who forgiveness is for.  We forgive because HE desires us to and because it sets US free.  The person we forgive will still have to stand before God due to their offense.  Forgiveness lets us off the hook, not them.

Captain James T. Kirk eventually forgave the Klingons.  Who do we need to forgive TODAY?

Love and…….

Kirk Out!

 

 

 

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2 Comments
  1. This post is right up my alley because I am a Treky from way back. Well not that far back. lol The classic Star Treks were the only ones that appealed to me. You are right about Captain Kirk needing to forgive the Klingons, however, the Klingons no matter how forgiven, could never be trusted. They were inherently evil and selfish and exploited any gift of kindness.

    Sometimes we have to forgive others with the full knowledge they cannot be trusted and interaction with them would be damaging or even dangerous. I have had to eliminate contact even with family members who over the years would not stop destroying others around them.

    Forgiveness and wisdom must go hand in hand so that we do not cast our pearls of relationship and connection before swine even though we may not be holding a grudge against the oinkers!

    It is true that when we forgive, it frees us up to love. Forgiveness is so much more for the one holding the grudge because the person being forgiven may never even be aware someone had something against them to forgive them for. I am thankful for the ability to forgive others. Do you find that it is often more difficult to forgive someone who has hurt another person or thing, like a child or animal who you may not even know, than it is to forgive someone who has hurt you directly. I sometimes can find myself holding unforgiveness against a dastardly person who did a terrible thing I read in the news, and I have to forgive that stranger I may never meet. Vicarious forgiveness is a modern concept.

    • "BK" permalink

      I think you make a VERY important point in the fact that forgiving does not mean, lay down and let them walk on you again. Years ago we had a lot of kids from the streets come to our house and hang out. One of their biggest battles was forgiving (usually the parents) the ones who hurt them REEEEEEEALLY bad, and it was usually why they were on the streets. They felt like to forgive meant go back and subject themselves to the abuse again and they were unwilling. It was so freeing for them to realize forgive did not mean they had to re-enter any relationship with anyone unless the Lord said the same. And it freed them from the defeat and bitterness that always accompanied their ‘protective mechanisms’. Thanks for your comments, Debra….so excellent. “BK”

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