Forgive but not forget


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In the climax scene of Captain America, we finally understand the true motive of the main villain, Colonel Helmut Zemo, which is to cause a rift from within The Avengers. Zemo understand that Steve Rogers a.k.a. Captain America loyalty to Bucky (which is shown in the movie by him always protecting his friend at all cost) and use it by showing the video to Tony Starks a.k.a Iron Man that it was Bucky who actually killed his parents (under mind control from HYDRA) also adding the information that Captain was actually aware of this situation. This caused Tony to be furious and wanted to kill Bucky but Captain step in and help friend. Captain and Bucky finally has upper hand against Iron Man.

In the other scene, T’Challa a.k.a. Black Panther actually followed Tony and also in the same place. He caught Zemo and was able to subdue him. Zemo was the one who was responsible in the death of T’Challa father, T’Chaka, the chief of Wakanda. Zemo attempts suicide but is stopped by T’Challa and takes him in alive, saying that he doesn’t want revenge to get the better of him. What an irony that Tony was unable to forgive Bucky, who was unaware of his actions and consequences but T’Challa was able to forgive Zemo who was truly responsible for the murder.

From the last chapter of Jonah we can see the low level of love in the heart of human (even when that man is chosen man of God such as Jonah) compared to the ‘huge’ love of God. We finally understand that the reason for Jonah hesistancy to preach to the people of Niniveh was not because it was hard to do so physically but rather because of his personal hatred against them.

Jonah’s reason for running was that, quite simply, he did not like the Assyrians. Assyria was an idolatrous, proud, and ruthless nation bent on world conquest and had long been a threat to Israel. When God sent Jonah as a missionary to the capital, Nineveh, the prophet balked. At the end of his story, Jonah specifies his reason for resistance: “That is why I was so quick to flee to Tarshish. I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamity” (Jonah 4:2). In other words, Jonah wanted Nineveh to be destroyed. He felt they deserved God’s judgment. Jonah didn’t want to see God’s mercy extended to his enemies, and he knew in his heart that God’s intention was to show mercy. Jonah discovered that God’s salvation is available to all who repent, not just to the people of Jonah’s choosing.

Compared to God’s love, our love is too shallow, way too low to worth comparing. Even Iron Man wasn’t able to forgive someone who did something out of his will, similar to Jonah who wasn’t able to forgive the people of Niniveh whom the Bible written couldn’t discern between their right hand and left hand (meaning gullible). This doesn’t mean that we follow their example but it means we need to upgrade the standard of our love to those of God. Jesus taught us that whoever smite us on our right cheek, turn to him the other also, whosoever compel us to go one mile go with him twain. I hope this doesn’t translate in us being stupid and gullible but rather for us to understand the power of forgiveness in our life so that hatred doesn’t have a foothold in our life and we can truly experience real freedom in our life which God has prepared in store.

Forgive (but not forget) others as the Father has forgiven all of our transgressions.

Blessed be the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, Amen!