Love keeps no record of wrongs. (1 Corinthians 13:5)
Have you heard the one about how God is recording everything you say and do, and on Judgment Day he’ll show all your dark, dirty secrets on a big TV screen? It’s a frightening thought—but it’s a fiction.
God is not like that. God is love, and love keeps no record of wrongs.
Not a diary, not a videotape, nothing.
If he’s making a movie of your life, it’s a highlight reel, not a horror flick.
God keeps no tapes, but we may have quite the collection. They play in the dark cinema of our minds rehashing our regrets, broadcasting our bitter memories, and showing our secret shame.
The dirty tapes of our lives cripple us. They suck the color out of our days and the sleep out of our nights. They keep us from entering the house of grace and enjoying the banquet of God’s favor.
“I cannot come in. I’ve done some bad stuff.” And God replies, “I hold nothing against you.”
“But you haven’t seen what I did.” And God replies, “You haven’t seen what Jesus did!”
Your videotapes don’t belong to you. Jesus purchased them with his blood. If they start playing in your head, change the channel.
Look to Christ who is the star of a better movie.
Want to go deeper? Check out the entry for the love of God in the Grace Glossary.
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