“Love Much” ( 1 Corinthians 13: 5, HCSB ) by Carley Evans

Love “does not keep a record of wrongs.” Forgiveness is like erasing a blackboard of chalk; then cleaning it so that it is black (or green) again. Forgiveness creates a blank slate. God says, “As far as the east is from the west, so far do [I] remove [your] transgressions from [you.] As a father has compassion on his children, so [I] have compassion on those who fear [Me].” (Psalm 103: 12 – 13, NIV)

God “knows how we are formed, He remembers that we are dust.” (Psalm 103: 14) And, God “does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities.” (Psalm 103: 10)

Jesus says, “Forgive, and you will be forgiven.” (Luke 6: 37) He says, “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you?” (Luke 6: 32) Anyone is capable of being kind to those who are kind. Jesus calls on us to even love our enemies. He tells us,”Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.” (Luke 6: 36) And, He warns us that God will not forgive us if we refuse to forgive others; for this means we have no concept of God. We — if we live in a spirit of bitterness and hatred of others — do not know that “God is love, and the one who remains in love remains in God, and God remains in him.” (1 John 4: 16, HCSB)

How many times are we to forgive one who wrongs us? Jesus says, “If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him. And if he sins against you seven times in a day, and comes back to you seven times, saying, ‘ I repent, ‘ you must forgive him.” (Luke 17: 3 – 4, HCSB)

Those whom God has forgiven much, love much. “But the one who is forgiven little, loves little.” (Luke 7: 47, HCSB)

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