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To All of You That I’ve Hurt Before

Hal David wrote the words and Albert Hammond crafted the music for the song To All the Girls I’ve Loved Before. This was originally recorded in 1975 by Albert Hammond, featured on his 99 Miles From L.A. album. However, it wasn’t until Julio Iglesias and Willie Nelson teamed up in 1984 which made To All the Girls I’ve Loved Before a hit song. The lyrics point to why relationships come to an end, “The winds of change are always blowing and every time I tried to stay the winds of change continued blowing and they just carried me a way.”

Now the doings (practices) of the flesh are clear (obvious): they are immorality, impurity, indecency, 20 Idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, anger (ill temper), selfishness, divisions (dissensions), party spirit (factions, sects with peculiar opinions, heresies), Galatians 5:19-20.

One of the facts Hal David excludes from this song is the pain that human beings inflict upon previous boy friends and girl friends. Depending upon your personality, some tend to do most of the dumping while others bear the brunt of a break up. Whenever you open your heart and bear your soul to a significant other, being vulnerable opens the door to be hurt. However, you don’t have to be in a relationship with someone to damage, scar or wound other human beings. Anger, cruelty, and harsh words are some of the tools used to inflict pain daily.

Be gentle and forbearing with one another and, if one has a difference (a grievance or complaint) against another, readily pardoning each other; even as the Lord has [freely] forgiven you, so must you also [forgive]. 14 And above all these [put on] love and enfold yourselves with the bond of perfectness [which binds everything together completely in ideal harmony], Colossians 3:13-14.

The apostle Paul urged members of the Church at Colosse to reach out to all the people that they have hurt before. The point of this call was to seek reconciliation, to put to rest any past wrong. The only way to make peace is by confessing how you have specifically have wronged someone. This process involves bearing with and forgiving all of the people that you’ve hurt before. Depending upon your past, making things right could take years. However, when you put on the love of Christ, harmony is possible. As for me, this blog was inspired as a way to apologize to all of you that I’ve hurt in one way or another. I’m sorry for my wrongful acts of the past.

by Jay Mankus

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