“Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged.”
(1 Cor 13:4-5 NLT)
This is a power pact passage of scripture especially the last part… “it keeps no record of being wronged.” I had a major light bulb moment last week regarding my stellar personality…note the sarcasm. Being able to walk in true forgivenesses and love as God calls us to definitely takes Holy Spirit…the power of God to reveal the areas where I’m lacking in displaying these qualities completely. What I love about God is His love and patience with me. He peels back the layers effortlessly until sometimes I don’t even realize I’m being corrected. Then I stop and say what the world just happened? I’ve been check mated by Holy Spirit, lol.
Love keeps no record of wrong…I was holding things in my heart, holding people at a distance although I felt I had forgiven them. I was building little walls based on past hurtful sayings, disagreements, conflict or just personality differences. Those little walls were really seeds of bitterness festering because I was keeping record of past offenses…WOW!!
When I tell you God is often very subtle in His correction, at least for me…sometimes. If God doesn’t keep a record of my offenses or sins, who am I to keep them against people. That hit me hard but softly because God is love. It will take Holy Spirit to soften my heart but I’m willing because now I see this scripture in a different light. I want to be obedient to God’s word. I want to love my neighbor as I love myself. I want to love God above all and worship Him with my life in spirit and truth. I can’t do any of those things holding grudges and building little brick walls of offenses…waiting for the next brick to be added…justifying my distance. Love can not abide in a hardened heart and neither can God.
Lord, come do what you do best…cleanse and make me whole for Your glory! My heart is open to You.
What areas in life do you need to release to God so more of His love can flow in and out of you? It may be hard but He is right by your side leading the way…no condemnation…let Him in, it’s so worth it and you’ll thank Him for the cleanse and freedom.