“To throw (someone) under the bus” is an idiomatic phrase in American English meaning to sacrifice a friend or ally for selfish reasons. It is typically used to describe a self-defensive disavowal and severance of a previously friendly relationship when the relation becomes controversial or unpopular. Throw under the bus – Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Throw_under_the_bus
I had to look this up and see if there was a real description for what happens when someone lets another person take the full blame for something they had participated in, and if you read the above statement found in Wikipedia you see it’s really there. That happened to someone I love and it made me resentful of everyone involved in the incident. I had to quote the scripture to myself that I quote every time I pray because I always end my prayers with The Lord’s Prayer,‘Our Father who is in heaven, holy is your name, your Kingdom come and your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Thank you for giving us this day our daily bread and forgive us as we forgive others. Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil, for Yours is the Kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever, amen.” You may be thinking that not only did I change the format a little but left out some words, really? You think I left some words out when what I actually did was open the meaning in a greater way.
Have you ever noticed that when someone is leading the Lord’s Prayer in public everyone stumbles over whether to say “debt and debtors” or “trespasses and trespassers”? When I would pray it I switch back and forth and then began to say, “forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us”, and then it dawned on me, why should we limit it to those few words? We name debts, trespasses and sins but there are so many ways that we hurt others and are hurt in return so I feel just saying, “Forgive me as I forgive others” is really a good way to say it because it includes everything, even throwing someone, your friend, under the bus for something you had equal guilt in. Jesus said that we should “do unto others as you would have them do unto you” which is reiterating what He says when He taught His disciples to “forgive me as I forgive others”, for me that’s easier said than done.
So in the spirit of “confess your faults to one another” I just have, now tag your it!
2 Replies to “On doing unto others….”
Great!! Good take on the original concept! Thanks!
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It is easier said than done! I recently heard a person on TBN program say that forgiveness is like peeling an onion. We are not always able to forgive completely right off the bat. Each time the offense comes to mind and we forgive again, is like another layer coming off. That made so much sense to me as I was reminded of someone I had been trying to forgive over the years as well as family issues that I had been dealing with for so many years and then one day I finally realized I had forgiven. Each time the name would come to mind, I would state that I had forgiven. You realize it is done eventually. Thank God! I can’t afford to go to Heaven and not be forgiven! I have done too much in my lifetime to risk not being forgiven. :o)
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