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" . . . is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs." - 1 Corinthians 13:5

Has someone hurt you? Have you been wronged? Have you done the best you know how to do and it still is not enough? If you are human and walking among other people in this world, then I’m fairly certain you can answer "yes" to each of these questions.

As Christians we know we will encounter people who dislike us, who hate us, who will insult us, especially if we are living a life for the glory of God. Our Savior forewarned us in Matthew 5:11, He told us that we are "blessed" if we are persecuted on His account.

But, it’s a part of life. As Christians though, it is more difficult when we endure rebuke, rebuffs, and anger from fellow Christians, or family.
Often, family members find themselves at odds with one another. Many times conflict arises that has nothing to do with who carves the turkey, who sits next to whom at the wedding reception, who is in the Will, etc.

Conflict comes from digging up bones from past grievances. From harbored anger. From unforgiven contention–sometimes decades old. Sometimes we come with the best of intentions. We vow to accept another’s irritating habits, to keep peace no matter what. Then something happens and it dredges up the previous hurt feelings.

It’s time to let them go. It’s time to ask God for grace to forgive. For me to accomplish this, I center on the mercy that the Lord has shown me. He does not count my past against me. I am forgiven from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9-10

As we face the days ahead, I pray each wrong committed against us is quickly forgiven. Life is so very short. We show our love by not acting rudely, selfishly, or begrudgingly.

Yes, I know others may act that way towards us. But we are not accountable for how others act, only ourselves. We show accountability by not keeping record of wrongs. May this be our sacrifice to a Savior who gave His all for our sin.

Lord, You are a forgiving God. So I come today asking for Your forgiveness. Lord God, my desire is to do Your will, to be more like You, and to please You in every way. Father I know that You hate sin, but I thank You that You love me unconditionally, despite the wrong I may do. I know that it is Your desire that I be holy as You are holy. So I ask that You would wash me and cleanse me of all unrighteousness. Forgive me for using my words as weapons instead of for encouragement. Forgive me for any thoughts that caused You shame. Forgive me if I repaid evil for evil instead of doing good. Search my heart oh God, and reveal to me anything that is not pleasing to You. Thank You Lord that You keep no record of my wrong. Thank You that I am a new creature through Christ Jesus. I love You Lord and I know that You love me. I will bless your name forever more. Amen.
May 22 2019