A reminder for today
So be strong and courageous, all you who put your hope in the LORD! (Psalm 31:24)
Love is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged…
Peter asked Jesus in Matthew 18:21 how many times must you forgive someone that sins against you and Jesus replied that you must forgive seventy times seven. Mathematically seventy times seven is four hundred and ninety times, and by the way that is per person.
How do you forgive? Take a moment and think about this. How many times does God have to forgive you in a day? How many times do you make mistakes and get angry and irritated and selfish? Now compare that against the number of times you need to forgive or actually forgive.
I love this point that Paul made about love. You see I think love should overcome all. When you love and in that matter love someone like you love yourself, then you will never see their faults or keep record of their mistakes. You will love them like God loves you – unconditionally. To forgive is to display love in its highest form.
There should not be a book in your head that keeps a record of all the wrongs people make against you. In fact when you forgive all knowledge of that wrong should be cleared out of you mind and given to the Lord. If you cannot forgive, how can God forgive you? You expect God’s forgiveness, yet you do not forgive completely. There is only one way to forgive and that is to pardon or exonerate someone completely.
The enemy wants you to keep track and the enemy wants you to remain angered and irritated by not forgiving, because he knows in this way he’s got a grip on you. Free your mind and set those who wronged you free.
Today is Valentine’s Day. Have you planned something special for your loved one? The most special thing you can do today is to accept their mistakes and forgive their wrongs. Love them for who they are, mistakes included. And place your forgiveness and hope in the Lord and be strong and courageous.
Love should triumph in every situation.
Have and awesome day dear friend of Jesus