Several days ago, I made a mistake with one of my editing clients.
While mailing a completed manuscript off to his home in California, I forgot to insert the last three chapters in the envelope.
Once we realized my error, it delayed our progress for about a week. I overnighted the pages and told my client that the express postage was on me, since it was my fault. This was his response:
The postage is NOT on you. Mistakes happen – love keeps no records of wrongs. Let me know the cost (total) and we will handle it.
Love keeps no record of wrongs. Not only did this make me feel appreciated and loved, it inspired me to keep Scripture on the tip of my tongue, as he did. (Or on my fingertips when typing and texting).
God commanded the Israelites to stay close to His Word when he chose Joshua to replace Moses. My pastor gave a recent sermon on this passage and it was used for our home group discussion the following week.
“Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips, meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.” Joshua 1:8 (emphasis mine)
Sharing Scriptural truths isn’t just for Sunday School and worship hour, is it? It should be always in our mouths, and not just with close family and friends.
Our language may be English, but letting Scripture be our dialect can bring refreshment and inspiration to our interactions. Just as it did for an embarrassed editor like me.
Here is the passage from the apostle Paul that my client was referencing. Lots of other good nuggets in here, too!
“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. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (emphasis mine)
I have a few favorites of my own. Some passages are handy for encouraging others, such as:
“..weeping may last for the night, but joy comes in the morning.” Psalm 30:5(b)
Others are handy for helping me avoid sin. Growing up, my mom would often share this one with me. It’s important for tense-filled situations at school, work, and traffic:
“A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” Proverbs 15:1
My prayer: Father in Heaven, thank you for your perfect love and the healing we always find in your word. Guide us as we try to remember Scripture more as we speak with others. Also, please help us let go of resentment we’re carrying so that we keep no record of wrongs. Show us how to love others like you love us. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
What passages of the Bible speak to you most? How can you use them in everyday conversation? Please share in the comments below.