by Pastor Mark Jordan
Love….keeps no record of wrongs. (1 Corinthians 13:5d)
Whoever would foster love covers over an offense, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends. (Proverbs 17:9, NIV)
A couple weeks ago I got an affirmation of a breakdown with a friend that I presumed for a while, but knowing it for sure was like a kick to the gut. Can you relate? Knowing for sure what I supposed caused some cynicism and anger to well up within me. I wrestled with it throughout the day, and then gave it to God in prayer. As I prayed, I felt the first of today’s verses present in my spirit: “Love….keeps no record of wrongs” (1 Corinthians 13:5d).
Yes, Lord. Forgive me.
The next morning, I opened up my favorite Bible app and read what I listed as the second verse for today: “Whoever would foster love covers over an offense, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends.” (Proverbs 17:9, NIV).
Yes, yes, Lord. Help me.
Love doesn’t keep track of wrongs, because those records separate friends. This is why forgiveness is so critically important, If you want to foster love with your friends, allow love to remind you that the relationship is more important than the record. And that’s always true. It’s true for God toward you, and God wants it to be true for all your relationships, too.
Dear Lord, let it be.