Monday, April 8, 2013

Majora's Mask and Forgiveness



When Majora's Mask was released it had a lot of hype to live up to. Ocarina of Time showed people how awesome 3D gaming could be, and people wanted more. What they got was a game that broke free from the typical Zelda formula, and polarized their fans.

One of the "Zelda-isms" That Majora's Mask separated itself from was the bad guy. Normally, the
Skull Kid transformed Link from a capable
person, to a helpless Deku Shrub
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bad guy is Ganon, or some minion who is controlled by Ganon. Instead the bad guy is Skull Kid wearing Majora's Mask. Right from the get go, Skull Kid proves his antagonistic qualities. He steals Link's Ocarina and transforms him into a Deku Shrub. He attacks, severely cripples you, and then abandons Link in a strange new world forcing him to face his new weaknesses alone. Yet as the game progresses, you learn that Skull Kid really is not to blame. Majora's Mask is what has made Skull Kid so evil. To really make a difference and save the world, you don't have to destroy skull kid, but the Mask itself.

In life, we are severely hurt by people around us.  Some people deal with complicated divorce, that causes problems in lives that no kid should have to face. Some were abandoned by their parents, and lack the loving family that most have. Some have been abused or mistreated by people close to them, and will suffer the effects of that mistreatment for the rest of their lives. People in our lives cause all of us issues, and we are left with weaknesses because of them. It is so easy for us to hate the people that cause us this pain. So easy to live our entire lives bitter and angry at them, without forgiveness even when they ask for it. We feel like were hurt and crippled and they don't deserve our forgiveness.

But they are not the real bad guy. They are not the true evil at work here. They are just the Skull Kid.

The real source of all our pain, and all our problems is Satan. He caused the fall of man which brought sin into this world, giving us all a sinful nature from birth. "Therefore just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned-" Romans 5:12. These people who hurt us so greatly are not the true evil in our lives. They are simply pawns of a greater evil in our sinful nature. We need to realize that, and we need to take a huge step of faith and forgive. "bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity" Colossians 3:13-14.

Forgiveness is hard, especially when so much damage has been done. But they are only a lost soul as you once were. Let God use you to bring Him into their lives. At the very least, don't let your bitterness towards them hold you back from being the Servant of God you are called to be.

Application:

Who is in your life that needs forgiveness?

Have you forgiven them?
     If not, pray that God would give you the strength to.
Do you pray for them? That God would take care of them?
     If not do, and God will bless you for it.


Going Further:
Is there any wrong that is unforgivable?

Often Times, God can use or weaknesses, or things we struggled with in the past to help us minister to others in similar situations. Was there a time when God used an old pain in your life to help others get through theirs?

Comment with your thoughts.

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