It Keeps No Record of Wrongs, It Rejoices with the truth

Hi! I apologize again for the lateness of my posting. This semester of college is draining the life out of me. And with my life, my time. Thanks for sticking with me through this little journey. Today’s topic of discussion is listed below. And boy, its a good one.

“It keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.” 1 Corinthians 13:5b-6

Lets be honest with each other for just a second. Have you ever, in your entire life, remembered something that someone did against you and used it against them later? Because I totally have. This happens a lot to me in my home, specifically with my sisters. I am constanly reminding them of things that they have done. As I read this verse, I am overwhelmed with thankfulness that Jesus doesn’t do this to me. Can you imagine? Imagine that God, who knows all and is above all, reminded you of your past failures? I don’t think I could cope with that. But God, God loves us too much to remind us of what we have done. He only encourages us to become what He already sees us as, perfect in His Son.

Verse 6 tells us that “Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.”

I honestly believe that it is much easier to not delight in evil than it is to rejoice with the truth. Sometimes, things go well for someone else, and not you. It can be hard at times to rejoice in someone’s success when you are not experiencing the same. It can be easy to rejoice with our own truth, but harder to rejoice in someone else’s. This is where being selfless comes in to play. When someone we love enjoys success, we rejoice with them in their success. This goes into play in any situation. Maybe your friend got a job that you’ve been hoping for, or maybe they are in a relationship and you aren’t. Rejoice with them!

What if love wasn’t about us? What would happen to our relationships if we stopped bringing up the past? What if we were actually happy for others when they were happy, regardless of our situation? That’s what love is. That’s what love does.

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It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered

For those of you who don’t know, I have been writing about my experience studying 1 Corinthians 13, “The Love Chapter” of the Bible. So far this has been a very heart opening experience and has taught me things I need to change in my own life. Hopefully it has encouraged you too!

Verse 5 of 1 Corinthians 13 tells us that love is not rude, self-seeking, or easily angered. As it has been with my past posts, I can read these quickly and think I understand, and I do to a certain degree. But there is so much more if we care to look.

To say that love is not rude is not some life-altering, I never thought about it that way, idea. We all have heard our parents tell us not to be rude. It is not a new concept. But similarly to the idea of being kind even when we aren’t treated kindly, you could almost say that love is not rude back to someone who is rude. At one point in time in our lives we have either been treated rudely or treated some in a rude manner. Why? Because we are human. It happens. Love is not rude in the first place, and love certainly is not rude back.

You know how easy it is to just glide past a word that you don’t see often in our modern language? That is how I have dealt with self-seeking in the past. No one refers to others as self seeking in this day and age. The King James Version of this portion says that love “seeketh not her own”. I know that I look at this and think to myself, well no, I don’t seek my own. I’m pretty selfless. This is not always true. How many times do I ask someone else what they would like to eat, watch, listen to, or wear? We all think of ourselves first by default. But love does not.

Love is not easily angered. I feel like I have no authority to speak on this subject at all. I can get angry so easily. I just let things people say or do set me off. In my defense, I have become much, much better in this area than I have been in the past, but I am nowhere near Jesus in this area.

My father said something during dinner last night that I thought applied so well to this study. God wants to do two simple things in us. He wants us to accept Jesus in our heart, and He wants us to become more like Jesus every single day after that. I know that I can read all that love is and get discouraged at how much I need to change. God wants us to be more like Jesus, but it won’t happen all at once. It is a process.

Philippians 1:6 says this: “Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus”.

All of these changes in our lives won’t happen all at once. Becoming like Jesus is a journey and the destination is Heaven. So don’t be discouraged by what needs to change in your heart, because none of us are perfect. We are all on a journey to be more like Jesus. And what an exciting journey it is.