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Kala and Kalana

Updated: Mar 6

Today’s ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi words are Kala and Kalana. Kalana means “to ask forgiveness.” The root of this word, Kala, means “to offer forgiveness.” Kala can also mean to untie, to release, to unburden, or to free. It also carries with it several other metaphorical translations.

The Power of Kala and Kalana

This is a powerful thought to me since a lack of forgiveness truly can be a prison for both the one wronged and the one doing the damage to the relationship. When we are not willing to Kalana (ask for forgiveness) we are really bound up in all the negative emotions and broken community that comes with it. When we are unwilling to Kala (offer forgiveness), likewise, we are not only keeping the other person burdened but we are also hurting ourselves. Lack of forgiveness is like a slow poison that eats away at our soul and all of our relationships.

Today’s Scripture

And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.” ~ Mark 11:25

Forgive As You Have Been Forgiven

If we are all honest, we will admit that we have often been the ones in need of Kalana. Certainly, we have all sinned against God and asked for forgiveness from Him on more than one occasion. It is important to note that He always freely offers His forgiveness. Likewise, we have all sinned against parents, against siblings, against spouses, and friends. We have often found ourselves needing to humbly approach them, apologize for the hurt we caused and ask them for another chance. In healthy, positive relationships we all understand none of us are perfect and we offer Kala. Pray today and see which relationships in your life require Kala and Kalana. Go release whomever you can and free them of the burden they are carrying.

Aloha! (I share my life’s breath with you!)

~~ Pastor G ~~

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