Cut to the Chase
by: Stacy Reynolds
Sometimes we have to go back to the beginning. We all go through trials and tribulations. We get our feelings hurt and we hold grudges. We behave badly and we commit sins. I Corinthians 13 is one of the most beautiful passages in the Bible because in its simplicity it speaks of love and how basic and wonderful it is.
Recently God gave me a word of prophecy, and I thought to myself, "I must still be doing okay with God if he is still talking to me." Then I read this passage. God's little way of telling me, no I'm really not doing okay. I haven't had the love. I haven't been patient. I haven't been kind. I've been jealous. I've boasted like an ego driven fool. I have been rude, angry, and self-centered. As far as keeping no record of wrongs, believe me, I've been making a list and checking it twice.
In the King James Version I Corinthians 13:6 says "Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth." The NIV says, "Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth." It was this verse that crossed my path and made me stop and say, "wait a minute, this is something important." Iniquity is wickedness and evil. It is unjust and it is harmful. Iniquity is the enemy screaming in your ear that you are not worthy of God's love. Iniquity is the enemy reminding you over and over again of the things your friends and loved ones have done in the past to hurt your feelings. Iniquity is holding a grudge.
Truth is God, and the truth is love does not do any of those things. Sometimes we can't do all of the things it says here, but as we strive to become more like Jesus we should not have any problems with our love protecting, hoping, persevering and never failing. The reason we shouldn't have any problems is because it is God's love doing the work and not ours.
God really hit me in the face with this issue. Every day I pray for the Lord to create in me a clean heart, but he can't do that if I am not willing to let go of the iniquities. I have to ask God to forgive me. It is a sin to hold onto those things. In the same vein I have to ask Tony, Jo Ann, Susan, and Tim to forgive me. Those are just the ones I am aware of, I am sure there are others. But once again I pray, " Create in me a clean heart, O God and renew a right spirit within me."
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