...it keeps no record of wrongs.
Thoughts for Today:Some Biblical scholars have translated our passage today to say: "Love is not suspicious." In other words, God's type of love trusts other people. Yet, the world is full of daily reminders of how just the opposite is true. People are not trustworthy. In fact, they deserve our suspicion. Unfortunately, if we give into that kind of thinking -- "I can't trust that person, so I've got to keep my eye on them" -- it's because we have surrendered to fear and no longer believe that God is able to deal with any situation.
Hebrews 4:13 tells us: "Nothing in all creation is hidden from God's sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account." In addition, Hebrews 12:6 says: "The Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son." God knows what's going on, He's in control, and He's going to deal with whatever problem we may be concerned about. Therefore, when we demonstrate God's kind of love (AGAPE) we have no need to keep a "record of wrongs" (or be suspicious), because we have placed our trust in the absolute faithfulness, justice and supremacy of the Lord.
Questions to Ponder:I think we could sum up our passage today by saying that God's kind of love is positive. It focuses on the good in others. Romans 16:19: "I want you to be wise about what is good, and innocent about what is evil." And it holds onto positive thoughts (Philippians 4:8): "Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things." What dominates your thoughts? Do you keep an ongoing record of wrongs committed against you? What thought will you replace suspicion with today?