Next up on the list of love is NOT keeping a record of wrongs. I think this means that if someone does you wrong you have to find it in your heart to forgive them over and over and over again. Love literally keeps no record. You know the part in the Bible where Peter asks Jesus how many times he is supposed to forgive and Jesus replies, “I tell you not seven times, but seventy-seven.” Well I think I must have an internal ticker that counts offenses and when it hits 77, that’s a wrap! I think where I need help in this area is using discernment. When should I forgive and continue the relationship despite the offense? And when should I forgive and let go of it? I know I’ve touched on this subject before but it’s something I continue to seek God about.
I do feel that I’ve grown tremendously in this area. Even the worst offenses can be forgiven. I think about all that I have done in my life and how God forgives me of all. I think to keep our hearts open to forgiveness means to be covered in mercy. Use wisdom with people but have mercy on them. It’s possible to actually forget offenses too. I think God helps me with that. There have been a few times where people will bring up that “one time” and apologize to me and I have no clue what they are talking about because when I said that I forgave them I let it go completely. It’s possible beloved!
Do you keep a record of wrongs? Is it only with certain people or with everyone?