“It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.” 1 Corinthians 13:5-6
This passage carries tremendous significance in our individual relationships with God. First, it teaches us the truth (not distortions caused by human experience) about how God really loves us. Secondly, it teaches us how we are to love Him in return.
“So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.” 1 John 4:16
As a child of God, we must learn what it means to love God’s eternal heart. Because a relationship with our Almighty Creator is the greatest privilege any human can ever receive, we actually need His infallible truth as a basis to steward this relationship well. We must lean on God’s word to learn how to love Him.
“The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul. The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple.The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes.The fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever. The decrees of the Lord are firm, and all of them are righteous.They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the honeycomb.By them your servant is warned; in keeping them there is great reward.” Psalm 19:7-11
He is love. He is the Word made flesh. And He is the Faithful One who gives us daily instruction and the grace to melt His holy heart.
“For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome.” 1 John 5:3
Love is not easily angered. Perhaps it’s better stated this way: God is not easily angered with you. He’s not waiting to punish you, judge you, or criticize you.
If we do believe that He harbors negative thoughts of us, it becomes easy for us to feel negative towards Him. You will become mad because you believe He’s mad, and this very attitude opposes His love. This type of thinking is not based on Holy Scripture, which shows us the truth that God is perfect, and so is His anger. Because He is fully just, He knows how to express His anger within His holy boundaries.
On the other hand, we are not perfect and our anger can create problems. This is an area where God has challenged my heart, both in my relationship with Him and with my husband Keith. Whenever I have felt irritable, quick tempered, touchy, or fretful with God or with Keith, it usually derives from one of two things: me not understanding something (a decision, a desire, or an outcome), or me not immediately getting what I want.
Praise be to God, who provides a way for us to love Him selflessly and without anger through His grace. My hope is that if you are angry with God, tell Him. Be honest with Him because He already knows. He will listen, and when we also listen, we can hear Him respond in love. And we will come to realize that the majority of the things we are angry with Him about have stemmed from our own misconceptions.
“Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.” Psalm 55:22
Love keeps no record of wrongs.
Holding grudges against God may seem inconceivable to some (based on the Word’s description of God), but unfortunately many of us have personally felt this way. At times, I’ve experienced horrific trauma in my life that left me wondering, “where was God?” Perhaps you have as well. Millions of people endure pain and suffering every day – hunger, rape, violence, divorce, dissolved relationships, betrayal, and many more. But if we truly want to get on with our lives and really enjoy God, we have to stop blaming Him for every painful experience.
“This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.” 1 John 1:15
God doesn’t hurt us; this broken, sin-stained world is what truly hurts us. On the contrary, God is the One who restores us. And keeping a record of wrongs while billing Him for each offense will never work. He’s already paid the greatest price ever recorded in history when He ransomed us from the grave and provided freedom from death.
“In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” 1 John 4:10
“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28
If your heart is burning with bitter resentment, be angry towards the one who causes it – Satan. But don’t let the enemy rob you of an opportunity to love the Everlasting God and experience the greatest life you’ll ever know.
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” John 10:10
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