April 4, 2014
Categories: Graceful Foundations
The Nature of Love
I have a friend who seems to love to hold a grudge. He wouldn’t describe himself in that way but it sure seems to be the case to me. His conversations often go back to the time when someone said something or did something that he did not appreciate. His employer was always wrong. And it seemed that people were always out to cheat him or take advantage of his positive nature. But in the end it all came down to living life as though it was all about the scoreboard. Who did right, who deserves what, and how will I get even!
I am so glad my friend was not in charge of my spiritual life! He would have it turned upside down in no time flat. We are blessed to know that our God is not a God who keeps score. In fact, Psalm 130 reminds us of that very truth. “If you, O Lord, kept record of sins, O Lord, who could stand?”
I Corinthians 13: 5 speaks about the same divine truth when it says that love keeps no record of wrongs. In fact it goes on to say that love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth! The divine love of God does not hold a grudge. It does not keep score. It simply overflows into our lives.
As we come to the end of this week you may have things that you need to bring before the Lord. You might be like the psalmist who asks God to “Let your ears be attentive to my cry for mercy.” Rest assured that whatever you bring to God will be received with a gracious and loving spirit. The end result is most often the joy of forgiveness!
Operate on the Matthew 7:7 principle: “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”