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ISSUMAGIJOUJUNGNAINERMIK

No, the computer has not gone haywire, and I have not forgotten how to spell. Actually the title is not just a hodgepodge of letters, but rather is a most interesting word. MacArthur has written that when the first missionaries went to the Eskimos, they didn't find a word in their language that corresponded to the concept of forgiveness. To communicate the thought they combined a series of shorter words into one compound word — Issumagijoujungnainermik. As difficult as that word appears, it has a beautiful meaning: "Not being able to think about it anymore."

A good memory is normally a great blessing, and most of us wish that we had a much better memory. However, there is one area where we need to let our memory wain — that is in recording and remembering the offenses of those whom we love and have forgiven.

You have probably noticed that unforgiving people usually have good memories. One man said, "When my wife and I argue she always gets historical." His friend asked, "Don't you mean hysterical? " "No, I mean historical! She is always bringing up the past!"

In I Corinthians 13:5 Paul writes that love "does not keep a record of wrongs suffered." There is not a conscious effort to record the offense so that it can be remembered against a person at some future time. The person who forgives, really does not want to think about the offense anymore.

God is the perfect example of this. "God was in Christ reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them." (II Corinthians 5:19.)

For His Cause, Tim
 

For His Cause,
Tim Woodward