“It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.” 1 Corinthians 13:5 NIV
“I wouldn’t do anything to hurt you.”
As soon as I heard those words, the many ways I had been hurt by the owner of the words popped into my head and almost, yes, almost flew out of my mouth. Then, a stronger voice came to me, Love keeps no record of wrongs… (1 Corinthians 13:5b NIV)
I claim that I love that person. I profess to be a child of God, a Christian.
To me, being a child of God, a Christian, means trusting Jesus with all of my heart and following Him with all that I am. It means doing what His Word teaches me to do. It means loving without condition, loving without fear. It means love, grace, mercy, compassion, without if…
“Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of spirits and live!” Hebrews 12:9 NIV
Then, my mind began to wander, as it often does… I don’t know about y’all, but I grew up under “old-school” parents. My siblings and I grew up under the threat of when we would eventually get in trouble for whatever offense, our parents were coming “from way back.”
They kept record. They never forgot. Eventually, we’d have to pay the piper.
I think that at times, I’ve attributed that kind of thinking to God. As if He keeps record of all of my wrongs whether I apologized, repented, or not… But that’s not who He is!
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not downing my parents. I’m sure they did what they knew to do. But, knowing God, as I know Him. God is love. And He keeps no record of wrongs. I mean, that’s what repentance does, that what love does. That what Jesus did. His blood wipes away our wrongs, our sins, when we repent.
In this Christmas season, more than ever, I’m reminded of what Jesus did.
More than ever, I’m reminded of the love. I’m reminded that God is love. I’m reminded that love, God, keeps no record of wrongs.. We shouldn’t either.
As difficult as it is sometimes. I want to be like Him. If He did it for me – if I want Him to continue to do it for me – can’t I do it for the next person? Isn’t it a little thing? Especially when we see how little we are in the grand scheme of things?
Continually I want to remember what love is… I don’t want to keep any records..
*Original image by Yours Truly☀️🌸