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

Today’s word is not Hebrew or Greek, it’s Inuit! The word is issumagijoujunnainermik. When missionaries first shared the gospel with the Inuit tribes in Alaska, they couldn’t find any word in the Inuit language for forgiveness.  So, they took a number of Inuit words and joined them to form a new word — Issu-magi-jou-jun-nai-ner-mik — and it became the Inuit 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 forget it and move forward.

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3 thoughts on “Issumagijoujunnainermik!”

  1. Forgiveness is a decision not an emotion. So every time the emotion comes up just tell it you already decided to forgive and that is that.

    Issu-magi-jou-jun-nai-ner-mik “I can’t think about it anymore, it’s in God’s hands.”


  2. Thanks for this post and the reminder of it found today!

    With so many message board threads containing questions about fairness, forgiveness, anger and retaliation, envy even, it is grand to be reminded to read in the book of Matthew within the Bible especially what we label chapter 18 with the many guidelines and procedures that will help overcome the failings that envy and strife bring to lives.

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