Proverbs 17:9 New Living Translation
“Love prospers when a fault is forgiven, but dwelling on it separates close friends.”
Love is a powerful force. When we overlook one’s faults we are displaying not only mercy and grace, but love. If we continue to bring up past faults and indiscretions we will lose a friend or loved one. The main thrust of God’s character is one of forgiveness. He has no regrets, nor does he change his mind. He exhibits the characteristics revealed by the Apostle Paul in his first letter to the church in Corinth.
Chapter 13, the love chapter; verses 4-7 define ‘love’ better than any other one I’ve ever seen.
“Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.”
The underlined portion of scripture above speaks to the headline verse. If you constantly bring up things from the past to make some sort of point in the course of a conversation or argument you are risking the severing of a relationship. It’s unnecessary and serves no good purpose.
As we grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord we must seek to act and react to situations we are confronted with with loving kindness and a sense of forgiveness. We will gain respect and retain a friend. Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!