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LentLent Reflection 3

1 Cor 13:4-7 says, love is patient, love in kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonour others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always, trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

This is week 3 of Lent.  How have you been doing asking the Father to help you give up bad heart attitudes?  Have you found it easy or hard?  If you have found it hard, not to worry, sometimes when we have behaved in a particular way for years, changing can be painful and can take time.  Do not feel condemned, just keep taking what you are struggling with to Jesus.

This week we are going to look at:   “it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs”.  You might be saying, but Jesus was angry in the temple when He saw what was being done there, if you read Matthew 21:12-13, this scripture makes this clear.  However, I am not talking about this anger.  The anger that I am going to look at as in 1 Cor 13:4-7 is different.  Some meanings of anger here, is we are not to be touchy, easily provoked, resentful or fly off the handle.  Anger can be very destructive both to the person who is being angry but also to the person or people it is directed at.  Now let us look at, it keeps no record of wrongs.  What does this mean?  Some of the meanings are, to take no account of the evil done or a suffered wrong.  I have often heard people say, I forgive but I cannot forget.  Can this attitude keep us stuck?  The scripture clearly states to keep no record of wrongs.

During this week of Lent, I would encourage you to come and sit with your Heavenly Father and ask Him if there is a past hurt or situation that made you ‘angry’ or that you are holding on to a ‘wrong’ that was done to you.  Ask the Father to come and help you with letting it go.  If you would find it helpful, prayer this prayer:

Heavenly Father, you know me, you know when I was easily angered, you know if I am holding on to wrongs done to me.  I forgive those people who have hurt me, I ask that you would forgive me for my attitude.  Help me, to completely let go.  Please fill my heart with your love and acceptance.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Virginia Grant, 17/03/2017