Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
1 Corinthians 13:4-5 (NIV)
No Record of Wrongs
The federal agency in charge of collecting, analyzing and securely storing personal data about Canadians lost hundreds of sensitive files during the 2016 census process. Incident reports obtained by CBC News through Access to Information detail 20 cases of information and privacy breaches by Statistics Canada, including long and short census surveys, home visit logs and personal employment records. Some confidential documents were left on a subway or sent to the wrong home. Hundreds more were lost in a stolen car.
The English language is renowned for taking words from other languages and encapsulating them into our own. Pajamas, for example, is from the Hindi language and they borrowed it from the Persians. So why doesn’t English have more than one word for love? The Greeks have seven, and four of them are used in the Bible. One of those words, agape, is used in 1 Corinthians 13:4-5: “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.” Agape, the Greek word for love used here, is the no-strings attached love of God. This divine love mirrors God’s nature – and if there is one truth here that jumps of the page it is that is keeps no record of wrongs. God never forgets a thing – He is all knowing. But in His love, He chooses to forget all that falls short of His glory that has been forgiven by Jesus Christ. We are called to love like this. If you have forgiven someone, forget about it. God has for you.
These have been words from the heart.