Updated: Jul 13, 2021
From Monday, March 22, 2021.
I like to think of myself as a loving Christian and yet, there are times when I do not act loving. There are times when I do not feel loving. There are times when I know I have missed the mark entirely.
About a week or two ago, I was dealing with some very hurt feelings. Something triggered, raw emotions came bubbling to the surface AND I entertained the thoughts that were coming at me like a tidal wave. I did not take it to God but rather relived all the hurt that had been done to me, over and over again.
I want to share with you what I believe God told me during that process.
I believe He has asked me to stop talking about the details. He asked me to give it to Him; to stop taking it back, and to stop telling people how I had been wronged. He told me it was between me and Him.
I also believe he woke me up two mornings it a row with intention. I woke up last Sunday and Monday with these words ringing in my ears: "Love does not keep a record of wrongs"
Two days in a row ""Love does not keep a record of wrongs."
Of course, I know this to be true. Jesus told us what is important: LOVE.
Luke 10:25 says an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. He asked him "Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?" Jesus answered him by asking "What is written in the law?" The expert replied, "to Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and will all your mind and love you neighbor as yourself". Jesus told him the answer was correct. But the expert, wanting to justify himself, asked Jesus "who is my neighbor?"
Jesus went on to tell the story of the good Samaritan. A man had been robbed, stripped of his clothes, severely wounded, and left for dead alongside the road. A priest came by, saw him, and did nothing. Then a Levite passed by him and did nothing. But then a Samaritan came by, took compassion on him and not only did he dress his wounds, but he took him to an inn and cared for him with his own money.
You can read the story in Luke 10:25-37 but he finished the story by asking "Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?"
The answer was "the one who showed him mercy."
Do not miss what Jesus said next: "Go and do likewise".
We know from history that this man, a Jew, and the Samaritan, were enemies and yet the Samaritan showed him mercy.
Matthew 5:44 ESV "But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you."
"Love." Such a simple word. I think we all know the action is much harder. It is easy to love the lovable; the challenge comes when we don't receive love in return, or when we have been hurt. We must love. We must show love.
I am sure you have heard or read this next chapter many times. It is very common at weddings, but please take time today and read it again. Read it as if your eternal salvation counted on it, because friends, it truly does.
1 Corinthians 13:1-8,13 NIV
"If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.
If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.
If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails...And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love."
There it is: Love does not keep a record of wrongs.
If you have been wronged, let it go.
Pray for those people who have wronged you. It sounds opposite to what the world teaches, but that is the point, we want to follow what Jesus teaches. His ways are better; His ways are wiser; His ways are right.
I hope your day is blessed. And remember, keep looking up. Jesus is coming soon!