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“Only Nixon could go to China.”

October 14, 2014

Greetings,

In the movie, “Star Trek 6 The Undiscovered Country” Spock quoted this old Vulcan (Ha Ha) proverb to Captain Kirk just before they were to host a diplomatic dinner with The Klingon Chancellor and his advisors aboard the Starship 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 past history and 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 cause 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 Jesus 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!

P.s.  Great news here…Amanda my oldest is pregnant.  She had her ultrasound today and we found out she and Alan are having twins.  They are due April 19th.  My birthday is the 16th.  We are all very excited!

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3 Comments
  1. This was one of the better Star Trek movies, which, unfortunately, isn’t saying too much!
    We can choose to love and forgive, yet still recognize people for who they are, all the good and bad we perceive them to be.

  2. Forgiveness is so hard to do at times. But look at what humanity has done to God and yet he is willing to completely forgive us just be us saying a heart felt truthful prayer.

  3. "BK" permalink

    I just re-read this slowly and found it so beautiful, Christopher. A brother was sharing with me the other day and said he was just realizing that forgiveness of ‘all’ sin included sins against us. To the person who wronged us; and the RESULT of that ‘sin against us’. Not sure how to put it into exact words but found it resonating within me. I also am so thankful that when I don’t find the strength in myself to forgive, I can rest in Him and allow Him to accomplish it in me. I have found Him very capable. And yes, as forgiveness grows, chains fall off. It is true. So, a belated thank you on this one, “BK”

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