Love Keeps No Wrongs

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I’ve known my husband for 18 years. I wouldn’t change who I married, even on the days when I feel like I might scream! We all know the feeling. One thing I’ve learned…Relationships take work!

The love chapter

A common Scripture read at weddings, mine included, is 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 “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, and always perseveres.” God reminds me of the part “keeps no records of wrongs” and uses it as a way to help me move past the “little things.”

Love is forgiving

A friend and I were having a conversation about love, relationships, marriage and how to make it all work. Since she is new in her walk with Jesus, I shared this verse with her. It captivated her! Jokingly I added “I just wish that pesky part ‘keeps no record of wrongs’ wasn’t in there! “Keeping no record of wrongs” is vital in any love-rooted relationship. What good comes from keeping a list of wrongs? All we do with that list is rehearse it and bring it up again to pour salt in old wounds. It leads to bitterness. Hebrews 12:5 says, “See to it…that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.” Ephesians 4:2 says that we are to “…make allowances for each other’s faults because of your love.” These are hard but essential things I allow the Spirit to work on me. They are those pesky parts of the Bible that apply to my life, even if I wish I could ignore them or that they didn’t apply to me. God loves us so intensely that He knows how we need to love.

Loving how God loves us

I think about the song “How He Loves” with the words by Crowder, “He is jealous for me. Loves like a hurricane; I am a tree, bending beneath the weight of his wind and mercy. When all of a sudden I am unaware of these afflictions eclipsed by glory and I realized just how beautiful you are and how great your affections for me…Oh how He loves us, oh how He loves us, how he loves us so…” Loving whoever is in our lives can be challenging but by loving in a way that God loves… patient, kind, not envious or selfish, keeping no record of wrongs (my favorite), not allowing a bitter root to grow and making allowances for faults…all of these are imperative for a lasting and successful relationship. God knows how we should love so not only does His love give us an example, but His Word gives us plenty of instructions on how to love. Keep your love rooted in God so your love will flourish.

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