1 Though I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
God will never shame you. Do not fear He will angrily punish you for mistakes or wrongs you have committed. You see He keeps no record of wrongs because God wiped the record clean. On a hill, on a cross, a fountain of blood paid my debt and your debt. Our debt is no longer remembered because the account balance stands at zero.
We are free and clear forever and ever. We have nothing left to do because it is finished. Jesus said so himself. The only record He keeps are the times we believe Him, and they are accredited to us as righteousness. I am so glad God keeps no record of wrongs. Why does He do this? Because He loves us. Be loved, Beloved.
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Day 6 Journal Activities
- Write a letter of gratitude to God for all the things He has done for you!
- Write this verse in your journal several times. Each time you write it underline or highlight different words from the verse. Read the highlighted verses out loud. Record any new insights God shows you.
- Feel free to share any thoughts/insights in the comments. We’d love to hear what’s on your mind.
The part of this verse that stood out to me is “It keeps no record of wrongs.” God has had to do a work in me on this over the years, because I tend to bear a grudge. I can pile up irritations in my mind instead of clearing them out at the end of the day. Then what happens?
They build up until I get really mad over what seems to the person a seemingly small thing — which it is when taken by itself. But when added to my pile, in my mind it is a mountain. Not a healthy way to live. SO, God is helping me to learn how to address issues as they need to be, or to let it go if it’s inconsequential. That is what He does with us. Thank you, Lord!
Day 6: Since God keeps no record of wrongs, we are freed from having to drum up payment for our wrings. Since our debt has been paid in full we are freed to focus on the doing the greatest commandment, loving God. That is our greatest calling in this life, to love Him with all our heart soul mind and strength and to love our neighbors as ourselves. Thank You, Father for freeing us to love You. That is the greatest gift of love! Amen!