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The Power of Forgiveness
Lessons Learned From Bucky Barnes
“I don’t know if I am worth all of this, Steve.”
– Bucky Barnes (“Captain America: Civil War ”)
“The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” is Marvel studios latest release, and it has become one of my favorite stories in the Marvel Universe! The adventure that Sam (aka Falcon) and Bucky (aka The Winter Soldier) take us on in this TV show is very engaging and thrilling. Who else has been hanging onto the edge of their seat by the end of each episode?
What I loved most about this show is that we get to dive into the development of these characters and see the struggles that they are going through. Bucky’s story is a story of redemption and forgiveness. For those who don’t know his story, this character started out as a good guy, but then was mind-controlled by villains to be used as an assassin, and then later receives his mind back. Even though Bucky didn’t have control of his actions, he still has a lot of guilt for what his mind-controlled self has done. He even tries to make amends with the people he has hurt, but it still doesn’t give him the peace he desires. It seems as if this character will never be able to move on from his past.
I don’t know what you all have done in your life, what sin’s you have committed, the side of you nobody has seen. But this I do know, that no matter what you have done, you are not too far gone! John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life” (NIV). You all, Jesus is our only hope! He gave His life for you, so that you could be forgiven and set free! Why did He do it? Because He loves you! Psalm 103:12 says, “As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us ” and all we have to do is confess our sins and repent (NIV). Even though we have sinned against God, He is still merciful and forgiving (Daniel 9:9) and the best part, which is found in Isaiah 43:25, says that He will remember your sins no more! How incredible is that! It’s not because He forgets accidentally, but He chooses to forget our past sins, once we ask for His forgiveness! 1 Corinthians 13:5 says Love keeps no record of wrongs! It’s because God loves you!
When people in the Marvel universe see Bucky, they see him as the title he was given, “The Winter Soldier,” as if he was still a threat, when actually those days are over. People may look at us and all they see is our old selves and our past mistakes. But remember that it doesn’t matter how others see you, but how God sees you. What God sees is forgiven, brand new, changed! 2 Corinthians 5:17-18 says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come. The old is gone, the new is here! ” (NIV). Satan will try to make us feel as though we were never forgiven and will keep reminding us of our past mistakes. But it is our job to remember what God’s word says and to stand up and say, “I am more than my past mistakes, for I am a child of God and I have been made new in Him! ”
Finally, Bucky has a hard time forgiving himself. Learning to forgive ourselves can be extremely hard. It can also be challenging to love yourself in those moments, but please practice self-love! Go to your parents, youth pastors, or a mature Christian if you need guidance. Also, the best thing that you can do is to ask God for help and for His peace, which He will freely give to you. Philippians 4:7 says, “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (NIV). Remember that no other love is greater than the love that the Father has for us! God’s forgiveness truly sets us free and without Him, we have nothing.
It’s so awesome that we are able to look at entertainment and find Biblical truth through it. As Bucky is going through this battle in “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier,” we all are going through a constant spiritual battle against the spirit and the flesh and until we leave this earth, that won’t change. But in the meanwhile, it is time for us to move on from our past regrets and to step into the future that the Lord has called us to. This can only be done through the empowerment of God. We say to ourselves that we aren’t worth dying for, but Jesus says, “Maybe to the world you’re not, but to me you are someone worth dying for.”