Paul continues his description of the all-important Love of God, as shown in the life of His followers, with these words;”[Love] is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged.”

“We love,” the apostle John tells us, “because He first loved us.” And the soul who has become secure in the Love of Jesus, who has come to rest in the One Who is meek and lowly in heart– that soul is not easily irritated by the many things that so often used to upset him. Having been justified by Jesus, he no longer needs to justify himself. And having glimpsed the depth of his own sin and his own forgiveness, he is learning to look at others with compassion rather than irritation.

The Love of God is a forgiving love. One need look no further than Jesus on the cross, asking His Father to forgive His murderers, to see that His capacity to forgive is almost limitless. He forgives the undeserving, and He forgives completely. Passages in scripture tell us that He has removed our sins as far as the east is from the west, and cast them into the depths of the sea, and cast them behind His back. They are gone, and gone forever. He keeps no records of our wronging Him, and He expects that His followers will do the same.

As Jesus taught about forgiveness, He added an imperative; if we do not forgive, we will not be forgiven. We must receive this Love from Him, this love that keeps no records of being wronged; we must forgive, as we have been forgiven. And He has made His Love and His Power available to us to do so.

 

 

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