Thursday: July 2, 2020

Matthew 9:5 For whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and walk?

I will look at the words of Jesus from a rather unusual perspective today paying attention only to the first few words he uses “which is easier to say..’. The words ‘sorry’, ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ belong to a selection which we could clearly classify as ‘not easy to say’. No matter who you are, a sense of pride, ego and entitlement often makes the saying of these words a lot harder than they seem.

But tell you what, when they are honestly communicated, they can work wonders. However, for many people, they also qualify as a weapon to be used against others and that can place a significant strain on relationships. While it is possible to gauge how sincere people are when they say these words, we don’t always get the measure right.

Nonetheless, if there is one thing we will come to realise, it is that there is no reason to postpone the giving and reception of these words. The ‘I forgive you’ that follows ‘I am sorry’, or the ‘You’re welcome’ after ‘Thank you’ should almost be spontaneous. Those responses should not be subject to a time lag.

My dear, not all words are easy to say, some require greater intentionality and constant effort to become part of us. But when they do actually become part of us, they can occupy a special place and really enhance our relationships with others.


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