“…. or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged.”
1 Corinthians 13:5
This is such a hard lesson to write about. As you read this, it is most probable that you will be reminded of a wrong someone has done to you. Furthermore, you could probably think of a wrong you have done to someone else. In truth, it is so hard not to keep a record of wrongdoing. We are human after all.
Yet the truth is there in black and white. LOVE KEEPS NO RECORD OF BEING WRONGED. If we are to truly love someone, then our memories must be erased of all wrongdoing and be replaced with a committed and unconditional loving attitude. This takes love from being a feeling or an emotion to a choice. A choice that says, yes you have wronged me, yes I deserve your apology or repentance, but because I have been loved much, so I should love you and keep no record of the wrong that you have done to me.
On paper it almost seems manageable to do. Yet in reality this is one of the hardest lessons to grasp, yet alone put into practice. However we truly have been shown the greatest act of love when Christ paid the price for our sins. Not only does Jesus keep no record of our wrongs, on the cross He took our sins on His shoulders. Not only have we been forgiven for our sins, once we repent, there is no record of wrong in God’s eyes. The only condemnation comes from our own minds and from the enemy’s lies. This is our standpoint. Loved much – love much. Forgiven much – forgive much. Let this be your prayer today as you search your heart to keep no record of being wronged.
Lord, I accept Your forgiveness and Your love. Help me to be able to forgive and love others as You have loved me. Help me as I search my heart to see who has wronged me, that I may keep no record of wrong. In Jesus’ Name!