Thursday, August 20, 2009

Forgive and remember three weeks later?

it [love] keeps no record of wrongs.

This may be one of the most difficult things to swallow. Love doesn't keep any record of wrongs. In theory this sounds as if it is something ridiculously easy. Something happens you just let it go. It's gone. You drop it.

But what happens? What do you do when three weeks later the same friend does the same thing? They make the same cutting remark in the same sarcastic tone? And the first words out of your mouth are, "You always do this to me!"

Well, there it is. Plain as day-you are still holding on. It's still there. It's something that still creeps into the back of your mind. You still let it taint and tarnish how you feel about someone.

"She's a great girl and all. But, really, she's inclined to gossip."
"He's not all that great. Sure he's nice to look at, but he's a history of cheating."

It breaks me to the very core to reflect on how many grudges I still hold onto. There are so many reasons to just let it go. Come on, really. Think about it. Who is getting their feelings hurt, walking around holding onto something that was done to them three weeks ago? Was it the person who did it? No, it's the person who won't let it go.

Scripture resounds that God will toss our transgressions (that is, sins) as far as the east is from the west. Those directions never touch. It doesn't happen. So these sins are forgotten. God doesn't have a running list of sins that we've committed. Rather, He forgives them and then He forgets them.

How impossible that love is for me to grasp! It really is deep and wide. It really is long and tall. It's completely beyond me.

I have to learn to let go and to love in spite of the circumstances. Woah, doggies, this one sounds tough.

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