Samples From Seminary – Love Keeps No Record of Wrongs

1 Corinthians 13 contains the beautiful and poetic depiction of love. Among the various descriptions of love, we read in verse 5 that charity…“thinketh no evil” (KJV).

I forget how it came up at seminary, but it was pointed out that the original Greek verb that is translated in KJV as “thinketh” means “to count” or “to take into account.” The idea is this: love keeps no record of wrongs. In other words, love does not count or keep track of the evils that an individual suffers.

To use an illustration, love does not maintain an account book, in which every wrong committed against us is entered on the debit side, with the expectation that the person who wronged us must somehow repay us in order to make an entry on the credit side. Love does not keep such records of the evils that are committed against us.

It is important to keep this in mind since we are called to love our neighbor. Even though they sin against us, we ought not keep track of such evils with the expectation that they must somehow pay us back.

You may retort: “How is it possible to do this? If only you knew what kind of evils and wrongs have been done to me. I can’t help but keep track of them!”

Well, the power to keep no record of the wrongs committed against us comes from the cross of Jesus Christ. I hope you don’t think this is simply the generic answer to the question: “how is it possible to do this?” It is the answer. But, I bring it up for good reason.

Namely, the Greek verb that has just been explained as meaning “to count” or “to take into account,” is same verb used to describe the pardoning act of God: he does not impute to us the guilt of our sins, but rather imputes to us the righteousness of Jesus Christ. That’s right, impute is another way to translate this verb. Think, for example, of Psalm 32:2 –  “Blessed is the man unto whom the LORD imputeth not iniquity.” Jehovah God’s account book with your name on it has no debts recorded.  How is that possible? Because the righteousness of Jesus Christ has been imputed to us. God counts his righteousness as our righteousness.

Beloved, since God has so loved us, we ought also to love each other in this same way: keeping no record of the wrongs and evils committed against us.

Matt Kortus

 

 

Loneliness

Have you ever been to any gathering where there was a multitude of people to talk to, and yet you never felt more alone? Have you ever felt such abject loneliness that it made you want to give up on life? How many of you are shy, don’t express yourself well, or are just plain not the most outgoing of a person? Maybe your social life is less than adequate and you want more friends. Either way, one thing is certain; you are not abnormal, you are not weird, and you are most definitely not alone.

In the beginning, God said, “let us make man in our image.” What this means is that we are a manifestation of who God is. Since God is a God of perfect relationship between the three persons, He therefore made us a people of relationships. We were made to commune with others, but most importantly with God. This is why we confess in the Apostle’s Creed, “I believe…the Communion of Saints.”

We were not meant to be alone. For as in the beginning when God created man, He then spoke, “It is not good that man should be alone.” Now I realize that that statement was specifically for the creation of woman. Nevertheless, it does imply that, even if one is not married, we are still  meant to have communion with other people. We were created by God to be creatures with social lives.

Loneliness pierced one to the very depths of the soul. Christ felt deep loneliness on the cross when He was crucified. If you look at all the things that Christ did and said both before and on the cross, He never once mentioned anything about His physical suffering. Until, under the full punishment of our sins that He took upon Himself, He could no longer see the love of His Father, whom He dearly loved. In other words, the loneliness that Christ felt on the cross was so great, that no physical pain could ever come close to what He felt at that moment. In fact, it was so great that He finally spoke these words, “My God, My God, Why hast thou forsaken me?” If Christ, who was both God and sinless man, (entirely man) couldn’t stand being alone, how much more than us?

This ought to be of great comfort to us. Never will we have to suffer the terrifying loneliness that He suffered. Never will we be alone. Never ought we to be afraid that we are social outcasts. And the best part of all this is that Christ knows loneliness, more than we will ever know; and since He knows loneliness and what it is like, we will never be alone. He can and will provide for all that we need in this life. 

Patrick Streyle