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Issumagijoujunnainermik

Today’s word is not Hebrew or Greek, it’s Eskimo! The word is Issumagijoujunnainermik.

When missionaries first shared the gospel with the Eskimos, they couldn’t find any word in the Eskimo language for forgiveness.

So, they took a number of Eskimo words and joined them to form a new word: Issu-magi-jou-jun-nai-ner-mik. It became the Eskimo word for forgiveness.

The individual words are “Not-being-able-to-think-about-it-anymore.”

Too often we remember the hurt, replaying it over and over again in our minds.

Forgiveness is not something we do just once. It is something we must reaffirm every day.

Whenever a hurtful memory comes up, remember the word Issu-magi-jou-jun-nai-ner-mik, and say, “I can’t think about it anymore, it’s in God’s hands.”

Rather than replay the hurt you may have acquired, replay God’s mercy, His grace, His love for us (and them) when He freely gave His life. That will enable us to move forward with our lives and begin to heal.

But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses. Mark 11:26

–by George Whitten



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