God loves us perfectly and outrageously. God loves us in such a thoroughly renewing and cleansing way. The love of Jesus that took Him to the cross also brought us into the presence of our Holy God. And we can only enter there with no trace of sin. The records of all our wrongs, of all our sins, of all our shame have been completely obliterated by the blood of Jesus. We are innocent before our Holy Abba.
Love keeps no record of wrongs – 1 Corinthians 13:5
To love as our Lord Jesus loves, we must love in intentional, active and transforming ways. We must get rid of all our mental (and written) lists of every wrong that has ever been done to us by any and every one throughout our entire lives. We have no righteous authority to hold onto the wrongs by which other people have injured us. No matter how horrendous those wrongs were. Love and bitterness cannot exist together. Love and accusation cannot exist together. Not ever. Love keeps no record of wrongs.
The death of Jesus paid for all the sins of all who wronged us. His death also paid the full price for all of our stubborn, bitter, judgmental, unforgiving attitudes. We cannot stay justified in our blaming, accusing, shaming ways of thinking when it comes to the wrongs of others. Jesus’ death sentence fulfilled all punishment for all sins. We must forgive. Our unforgiving posture holds us captive to its deadly, destructive power over our lives. We must shred, burn, bury and totally destroy the record of wrongs we keep against others. All others. For all sins. Love keeps no record of wrongs.
It was God’s love, God’s grace and truth that brought me to this transforming knowledge. And it was the very power of the Living God that moved me to choose to forgive my abusers of all the emotional, physical and sexual abuse I suffered. All of it. That all seemed so unforgiveable.
And it was this same love of God, His grace, truth and transforming power that moved me to finally release myself from the shame that I had held onto, and been a prisoner of, because of some of my own very ugly sins. Sins committed even well after I had committed my life to Jesus. Love keeps no record of wrongs.
Because of the freeing love-truth of Jesus, we are not to keep a record of the wrongs of others or of our own wrongs either. We are to humbly and completely yield at the foot of the cross. We are to accept fully the truth and transformation, the freedom and forgiveness that the blood of Jesus offers to us. Jesus’ blood covers all sin and all shame, for all others and for each one of us. For all time.
To live in an intimate love relationship with Jesus, we must do things His way. And our God radically eradicates the record of all sin and all shame for all time. We must choose to be humble, courageous and obedient and offer this same kind of love to others and to ourselves. Love keeps no record of wrongs.