Love Holds No Record of Wrong

(Originally posted on 2016 but a timeless message of love).

In our human world, it is natural to want to have rules to follow, laws to live up to, yet is that what God calls us to? Are His ways the ways of the world? Does He call us to follow the way of rules to become worthy of being complete in Him?

I tried to find my own words to answer these questions with what I think is truth but Paul’s words say it so much superior.

What actually took place is this: I tried keeping rules and working my head off to please God, and it didn’t work. So I quit being a “law man” so that I could be God’s man. Christ’s life showed me how, and enabled me to do it. I identified myself completely with him. Indeed, I have been crucified with Christ. My ego is no longer central. It is no longer important that I appear righteous before you or have your good opinion, and I am no longer driven to impress God. Christ lives in me. The life you see me living is not “mine,” but it is lived by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I am not going to go back on that.

Is it not clear to you that to go back to that old rule-keeping, peer-pleasing religion would be an abandonment of everything personal and free in my relationship with God? I refuse to do that, to repudiate God’s grace. If a living relationship with God could come by rule-keeping, then Christ died unnecessarily. Galatians 2:20-21 The Message

I’m struggling friends, of what to write, as there is so much here to unpack! It is the foundation for understanding how much we are loved without needing to ‘impress God.’ It is through this love, our identity in Him, we no longer are  ruled  by our egos, others opinions of us, and our human vulnerabilities. And we are free to love ourselves and others as Jesus loves who keeps no records of wrong.

(Love) does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 1 Corinthians 13:5

When we grasp this understanding that we are already complete in Christ, loved wholly and unconditionally, we no longer need to be loved by anything else in this world. Often our hurts, offences made against us are from expectations we have on others on how we think we should be treated. Our identity gets wrapped up in our attachment to how others satisfy our egos. So when others do not live up to our own expectations, our character feels attacked, and we take offence. We become afraid and build our walls of defence.

In other words we become a slave to others opinions and treatment of us.

The Way

But Jesus showed us a Way out of this entrapment to freedom. He showed us how to love.

 Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” Luke 23:24

They do not know what they are doing. No judgement, no unmet conditions, just Perfect Love seeing the brokenness in his offenders, and keeping no record of the wrong. Instead, He rose and came back into a world that crucified Him because He loves us that much!

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When we grasp this understanding of this perfect love He has for us, where there is no condemnation, no-need to please or make-up for our transgressions, we begin to love ourselves as the Father loves us, freeing us to let-go of any need to be loved and treated a certain way to feel okay in this world. And in that way we free others too, from our own judgement and conditions. This leads us to take no offence and casts out our fears of being vulnerable because we are complete in Christ, and fully loved just as we are now.  We can then take that understanding of God’s love for us and return that same love out to the world.

The Promise

Friends, I don’t pretend to know it all. Paul’s words again express this so much more superior than mine.

Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Philippians 3:12

Camp on these words for a moment-Christ Jesus took hold of me. He’s got you, looking out for you, because of who He is-Perfect Love.

And how can we understand His perfect Love that holds no record of wrong, that does not take offence and extends only grace? I believe only through the Holy Spirit, asking our eyes and heart to be opened to Our Good Father.

Open the Eyes of My Heart-Michael W Smith

 

 

14 thoughts on “Love Holds No Record of Wrong

  1. Timeless Words indeed. Ones I keep returning to and that keep leading me to deeper and deeper repentance and deeper and deeper mercy and forgiveness. Thank you for taking us here again.

    So thankful for the love of Christ that holds no record of our wrongs and teaches us to live that truth out before others also. May He keep teaching us to confess our sins freely, to defend our brothers and sisters from the schemes of the enemy by speaking the truth in love and by surrendering to His plans, extending the grace we are so freely given, even when that grace is not welcomed or received immediately.

    It surely is hard, holy heart work that can only happen through the grace of God at work in us. May He keep yielding my heart to His mercy and grace and His holy purposes, even when I don’t understand what He’s up to.

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  2. Thank you so much, Lynn, for reminding me of the timeless, perfect, unconditional love of Jesus. Yes, our human vulnerabilities and people-pleasing inclinations can sure get in the way sometimes but I’m so grateful for His perfect love that has the power to cast out all our fears! It’s so good to “see” you here again. 🙂 Love and blessings to you!

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  3. Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” Luke 23:24
    Awesome verse so many of us look at others when we read that verse and miss the boat completely ,when it was and is directed to us as individuals .Thank you Jesus for praying to the Father on our behalf when were to blind to see your love for us and others that you put in our paths just for today.

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  4. Lynn, what beautiful, hope-filled words you share here. God’s love is so much more than I can understand. All the facets you share in your post are poignant reminders of how complete His love is. I’m breathing a bit deeper tonight as I ponder your words.

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  5. ‘When we grasp this understanding that we are already complete in Christ, loved wholly and unconditionally, we no longer need to be loved by anything else in this world.’

    This is such an important key to living a victorious Christian life no matter what obstacles, pain, and sorrow come onto our path. The more I find my identity in Him, the less needy I am. For in my weakness, He becomes strong.

    I’m so grateful, Lynn …

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    1. Linda, I love how you say that the more we find our identity in Him, the less needy we are (including for people’s acceptance)! He supplies all that we need! May you know His strength in you today!

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