Love doesn’t tally up wrongs

Love keeps no record of being wronged (1 Cor 13:5). This expression might include the idea of failing even to take notice of being wronged. But more likely, it means love doesn’t keep a running record of offenses with any intent of balancing the books one day; it doesn’t foresee a time for pay-backs. Publilius Syrus said, “The remedy for wrongs is to forget them.” That isn’t easy without God’s forgiving love reigning in our hearts. But for those who have been forgiven much, forgiving works (Luke 7:36–50, esp. v. 47). For those who know that God causes all things to work together for good, forgiving makes sense (Rom 8:28; Gen 50:20, cf. Gen 45:5).


Author: Dale A. Brueggemann

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