No Record of Wrongs

by Mark T. Hancock · 1 comment

1 Corinthians 13, often called “the love chapter”, is a favorite of many.  I encourage you to click on the link and read this short but powerful chapter.

In speaking of love, the NIV translates part of verse 5 as, “it (love) keeps no record of wrongs”.

Recognizing that His mercies are new every morning, my wife and I have been purposefully starting our day by speaking this truth to each other and to our sons.    The slate is clean.  The record is clear.  The mercies are new.

We are free to be free in Him, through Him, because of Him.  It’s not an excuse to live unrepentant.  It presumes a desire to be without sin before Him while accepting the fact that we all-too-often fall short.

I have been struck by the lightness with which I can begin my day.  My love for Him expands as I am humbled to be the undeserving recipient of grace by way of mercy- a favor that is freely given and impossible to earn by any intentional effort on my part.  This grace is both delicate and strong, as it can neither be demanded (this would invalidate it) or pushed away (this would cheapen it).

At the same time, I am aware of the changes in me as I intentionally extend mercy to whoever I may hold captive by deed or judgment or misunderstanding.  It is the fullest expression of the ministry of reconciliation and, perhaps, the best demonstration of Christ in us.

It draws me to the image on the cross, the Son of God and Man, Whose pivotal act of mercy still gives me access to this freedom today.

Q4U:  How would things be different if you started each day receiving/giving mercy?

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Christina Lusk April 12, 2010 at 8:51 pm

We were just discussing this yesterday. The Lord spoke to us that we will never be diminished by helping others to prosper. A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle, it just makes the world brighter.

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