A superb and moving piece by my friend Dan Shaffer, a man of great wisdom and insight:
One of the most beautiful majestic words ever written, were from Paul:
‘Love keeps no record of wrong doing’ [1Cor13:5]
Yet Christianity strangely forgets these words when grappling with Salvation and Judgement.
We forget these words were not from a man who was the epitome of righteousness; rather a man who embarked on a murderous quest to rid the world of Christians. A man, with whom Jesus literally intervened and asked “why are you persecuting me?”
Ironically, we could ask many Christians the same question today. Those who “have discovered the error of their ways” and then enthusiastically pick up the banner of the Law and condemnation. Then proceed to rid the world of sin, or so they think.
However, Paul realized something different than so many Christians. He discovered who God really was. God was love and Grace.
You see, God doesn’t just extend love, or act in Love, He is Love. God doesn’t just extend Grace or act graciously, He is Grace. Love has never kept a single record of wrong doing, but the Law does!
Those who believe in the God of Law struggle with forgiveness and mercy.
Because the Law demands retribution as justice. It demands payment for wrong doing.
Love, on the other hand, desires restoration and completeness. Love’s agenda is to see you restored to the image of your loving Father.
This is your true identity.
Love is not interested in your past or your mistakes.
It keeps no record of wrong doing, therefore doesn’t remember your failures and transgressions.
There will be No big movie screen in the sky to judge and review your life.
When your body reaches its end, the corruptible has put on incorruptibility, you are changed in the twinkling of an eye.
Your soul and spirit are free of their hindrances.
Love has won, and your spirit reunited with it’s giver.
Love keeps no record of wrong doing.
Thanks, Dan! 🙂