“It keeps no record of wrongs.” (1 Corinthians 13:5)
Many times 1 Corinthians 13 (the love chapter) has been studied, commented on, used at weddings, and taught in Sunday School; however, I think that we miss some of the significance of the individual parts in studying it as a whole. Each assertion has its own application. Verse 5 says, “Love keeps no record of wrongs”. Love keeps NO record of wrongs. How do I apply that to my life? What am I supposed to DO with that? Obviously if I read the Word of God, yet do not apply it to my life, then I am like the man described in James 1:23-24, which says, “Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.”
In my morning prayer time one day I was listing for God all my complaints about my family, how they do this and they won’t do that, etc. In the midst of this, the Lord said, clearly, to me, “Love keeps no record of wrongs.” Hebrews 12:6 says, “For whom the Lord loves he chastens”. His love for me is too great to allow me to err without correction! My complaining, while in some ways cleansing (better to complain to the Lord and let it go than to vent on my family), can become unhealthy in excess. It can block blessing and hinder me in doing what the Lord has commissioned me to do. If I spend my prayer time complaining, I never pray for the things the Lord would have me pray for. I fail to “consider others before myself”. I miss the mark, which only causes grief in my heart for failing the Lord in doing what He would have me do
So I stopped in mid-sentence when God said this, and I asked Him to forgive me for my unforgiveness of others, because that is what it really was, unforgiveness. Although I was not bitter or angry with that person (or people), I apparently was keeping a record of “wrongs”. If I was not keeping a record, I could not so easily have recalled them to complain. Jesus told us to forgive 70 times 7 and that when someone strikes you on one cheek to turn the other, to bless those that curse you and do good to those who despitefully use you. Love keeps no record of wrongs. That is why the Lord Almighty said that He has “cast your sin as far as the east is from the west” (Ps. 102:3) and He remembers it no more. Can we, who are called to be Holy as the Lord is Holy, do less?
Yours in love and in Christ,
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