Daily Reflections

Don’t Keep Score

August 21, 2021 Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth

Love] does not keep a record of wrongs. —1 Corinthians 13:5 CSB

If you play basketball or Scrabble, it’s important to keep score. But as the apostle Paul reminds us in 1 Corinthians 13, that’s not true when it comes to love.

The concept here is a bookkeeping term. It has to do with putting something in a ledger as a permanent record so you can dredge it up when you feel the need. In essence, you’re keeping a ledger of offenses.

How much damage is done to relationships where someone points out a wrong that was done years ago? In that case, resentment keeps the books. It’s always looking for a way to get even and will frequently bring up the offense against the offender. But love forgives. It clears the record.

When others wrong you or fail you, how do you handle the ledger? Do you keep score? Do you bring it back up at a later point? Or do you do with those offenses what God has done with yours? You let it go. You send it away. You cover it. Love covers a multitude of sins.

Make it Personal

Are there ways you’re “keeping score” against the people in your life? How can you let that go today and choose to love instead?