My Uncle Terry was talking to me about how me and my sister come over a lot like a second home. I told him “Love draws.” Because of the love shown by my aunt and uncle, it drew me to them. Even when I am corrected, I know it is from a place of love though it hurts sometimes. Jeremiah 31:3 Living Translation: 3 For long ago the Lord had said to Israel: I have loved you, O my people, with an everlasting love; with loving-kindness I have drawn you to me.
Love doesn’t keep account of wrongs done (1 Corinthians 13:5). God told me to look up the meaning of the word “forget” a while back from the blog: Instead of Passing It, Start Casting It; please read. I used to believe that you can’t forgive and forget, but God had to show me that I can. One of Webster’s meaning of forget is: to intentionally disregard. That is the same as not keeping an account of the wrong done to us in order for us to move forward. We can still have the memory of it, but when we do not dwell on the wrong done to us, it loses its power over us. True forgiveness is forgetting. I have had painful situations happen to me that I didn’t dwell on and unless someone brings it up, I forget all about it. God casts our sins into the sea of forgetfulness when we repent. We are made in the image and likeness of God, which mean we can forgive and forget. Joseph had a lot of wrong done to him. However, in Genesis 41:51 Joseph said, “God has caused me to forget all my sorrow.” Joseph intentionally disregarded the wrong that was done to him by his brothers and Potiphar’s wife. He had the memory when his brothers came during the famine. He tested them to see what was in their heart, and wrestled with his emotions before he revealed himself to his brothers. He made a choice to love.
Philipians 3:12-16 Amplified Version: 12 Not that I have already obtained it [this goal of being Christlike] or have already been made perfect, but I actively press on [e]so that I may take hold of that [perfection] for which Christ Jesus took hold of me and made me His own. 13 [f]Brothers and sisters, I do not consider that I have made it my own yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the [heavenly] prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. 15 All of us who are mature [pursuing spiritual perfection] should have this attitude. And if in any respect you have a different attitude, that too God will make clear to you. 16 Only let us stay true to what we have already attained.
Love also corrects when we see a brother or sister in the kingdom of God going astray. We speak the truth in love as we are led by God what to do.
Galatians 6:1-5 Amplified Version:Brothers, if anyone is caught in any sin, you who are spiritual [that is, you who are responsive to the guidance of the Spirit] are to restore such a person in a spirit of gentleness [not with a sense of superiority or self-righteousness], keeping a watchful eye on yourself, so that you are not tempted as well. 2 Carry one another’s burdens and in this way you will fulfill the requirements of the law of Christ [that is, the law of Christian love]. 3 For if anyone thinks he is something [special] when [in fact] he is nothing [special except in his own eyes], he deceives himself. 4 But each one must carefully scrutinize his own work [examining his actions, attitudes, and behavior], and then he can have the personal satisfaction and inner joy of doing something commendable [a]without comparing himself to another. 5 For every person will have to bear [with patience] his own burden [of faults and shortcomings for which he alone is responsible].
Galatians 4:15-16 15 But speaking the truth in love [in all things—both our speech and our lives expressing His truth], let us grow up in all things into Him [following His example] who is the Head—Christ. 16 From Him the whole body [the church, in all its various parts], joined and knitted firmly together by what every joint supplies, when each part is working properly, causes the body to grow and mature, building itself up in [unselfish] love.
We need each other. Ephesians 4:9-10 Amplified Version: 9 Two are better than one because they have a more satisfying return for their labor; 10 for if [a]either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and does not have another to lift him up.
Love Draws and catches us when we fall!
Prayer: God, I thank you for loving me first and for choosing me even when I didn’t choose you. God I repent for not walking in the fullness of love. God, put a check in my spirit when I get off course because faith works by love. Love is a choice not a feeling and I choose to love because you commanded us to. I draw people into the kingdom by walking in your everlasting love. In Jesus name! Amen!