It is these four words that brought tears of joy to my eyes when I was a little kid, and many times throughout the year you may hear my brothers and I quoting this. I’m twenty-six and I enjoy The Muppets. I may need to join or create a support group for people like me, at least I’m not living in my parent’s basement or something like that. I’m a normal, healthy, successful male who enjoys things such as The Muppets, Home Alone, old school cartoons, and women. Nothing wrong with this picture at all.
I’m not gonna lie, I’ve never met anyone with demons. Situations like the following movies portray: such as “Insidious”, “The Haunting of Connecticut”, “The Exorcist”, “Paranormal Activity”, “Amityville Horror” or even “The Shining” have never presented themselves to me, and it leaves me with a feeling of want. I don’t pretend to be a tough guy, I would probably lose all bowel control but I just want to say I’ve seen it. Last year I’m pretty sure I got as close as I ever will when a previous girlfriend and I went to a haunted house and a woman came running out crying, her body contorting in weird ways and seizing. I was enamored. And scared to death. Pretty sure I peed a little.
Our family used to spend most of the summers growing up using a camper, and I recall one particular summer in Illinois where I met some girls who practiced magic. I believe I was about ten years of age and saw them cast spells where they could change people’s eye color. That was pretty sweet. But I digress….
Demons. There’s such anticipation and expectation with that word. When I hear that someone has demons, I want like the reincarnation of Satan to come out the side of their head and start foaming at the mouth or something. Imagine my surprise when I was sitting on the side of my friend’s fireplace last night and I came to the realization that I had demons. My first thought was, “SWEET!”. Like Sean William Scott and Ashton Kutcher in “Dude, Where’s My Car?” You can get a better idea by watching this video.
But then I realized that these demons are unlike the demons that Kermit has in “Muppet Treasure Island” nor are they the same demons that the old lady has in M. Night Shyamalan, (who not gonna lie, my brothers had their eyes closed, and I wished I would have closed mine). Also, my demons aren’t the same as the man who they called Legion, where Jesus cast out the many spirits in Mark 5. But I did come to the realization that I have a demon, or two, or three for that matter.
During a recent bible study among friends, there were three particular verses that have become a underlying theme; forgiveness. For the sake of clarity, I will provide the context:
“Since God chose you to be the holy people He loves, you most clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others”. Colossians 3:12-13
Blah, blah, blah. I’ve heard it a million times. And like Jay-Z, I always just “brushed it off my shoulders”. (On another note, where can you get a spiritual blog that incorporates Jay-Z, demon possession movies, and The Muppets all in one? I propose nowhere). But this time hearing these words and listening to some of the individuals apply it to their own lives, it stuck.
People are dirty. They do dirty things, evil things in fact. I’m guilty of it. I probably hurt people on a daily basis, some little, some big. And people have hurt me, hurt those I’ve loved. I’m a pretty easy going, fun-loving guy, but actions such as those don’t make me want to hug you, they make me want to hit you with my car. But who likes to forgive? I don’t.
But you see Paul isn’t really giving us anyway out of this. I have faults, so I must accept the fact that they have faults. And since God forgave me of all the times I did Him dirty, which I’m sure it’s similar to Santa’s naughty list on me, that I must forgive those who did my wrong. Makes sense, but how is it related to the who demon thing? Well, I’ve held onto these feelings for so long that they have become who I am; the bitterness and anger, which makes me feel tortured on the inside. It fuels my daily ventures and prevents me from becoming the man I want, the man I should become.
How many times have I directly lied to someone? Oh geez. Misled them? Twice as much. Manipulated information? Yikes. Done something I knew I shouldn’t but I wanted it anyway? Zing! I could go on forever, baby.
Paul is telling us to forgive. Easy as that. It’s a command. If we do this, he then promises that we can live “together in perfect harmony”. Also, if I choose to forgive, I’m being an excellent representation of who Christ is. Double bonus. What else? I’ll be happy again, joyous, even. The weight is lifted off my shoulders. That’s why I’ve always been so attracted to Eminem. Nobody has lyrics so dark and heavy as Eminem. The hurt, anger, and bitterness seep into his lyrics like a porous sponge.
I will leave you with these last words. Anytime I hear the word “forgiveness” I am reminded of one of my all-time favorite comedies, “Just Friends”. I love this movie because Ryan Reynolds is in it, and he makes me giggle like a little school girl. Also, take note ladies, it’s because he always gets put in “the friend zone”. But one of the main characters, Anna Faris, who is equally amusing, sings a song entitled “Forgiveness”. Now I will not put a link up on this site, but I will inform you that it can be found on a site called YouTube (the video that is 2:45 is preferrable). But consider yourself warned.
“Forgiveness, is more than saying sorry,
Forgiveness, means accepting people’s flaws
To forgive is divine.”