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Love doesn't keep score DAY 8

4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoiceswith the truth. 7 It always protects, always

trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

1 Corinthians 13:4-7

I have a friend who really struggled to remember facts when he and his wife had a fight. She remembered all the details of former events, but when he wanted to bring some facts to the table, his mind froze. So he decided to keep a little black book to write down all the wrongs she committed as it happened… Bad idea. It wasn’t long before his conscience got the best of him. How could he keep a record of all her wrongs? As a believer he was convicted of this verse in Corinthians and after they had a good laugh about his strategy, she actually tried her best to stop bringing up old battles when they had a scuffle.

…it keeps no record of wrongs.

It is impossible to love somebody and think well of them and at the same time hold the bad things they may have done in the past against them like a register of unpaid debts. You know that God wants you to forgive your debtors, and you want your transgressions to be forgiven, but you can’t do this if you hold things against others, and neither can God forgive you and cast your sins into the depths of the sea, because you keep a record of past wrongs and keep digging up the past!

In 1 Corinthians 13 we read that love "keeps no record of wrongs" (NIV) or love does not "store up grievances" (NJB) or love "does not take into account a wrong suffered" (NASB). Literally the Greek can be translated "not reckon the bad." The original word for "reckon" (logizomai) was an accountant's word used for entering an item in a ledger so it would not be forgotten. The goal was to make a permanent record that could be consulted at a future date if necessary. Permitted in the world of accounting. Not permitted in the world of relationships. True love does not keep tabs on the ways others have hurt us. In this lockdown time we will get offended, or old wounds, old wrongs can easily come to the fore. But let us follow true love, the agape love of God, who in Christ did not keep an account of our sins against us.

18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.

2 Corinthians 5:18-19

Stay safe and stand strong.

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