No score card of wrongs

In the game of golf, one individual keeps a score card of everyone's performance and then totals up all the points at the end to see who has won. In our relationships with others, do we sometimes keep mental score cards? Perhaps we occasionally take out the score card and review it, tallying up what has been done as good or bad. In this game, however, no one wins.

How do we handle these unhappy memories, which would make us believe that others have wronged us? Paul, in his first letter to the Corinthians, states, "Love keeps no score of wrongs; does not gloat over other men's sins, but delights in the truth" (13:5, 6, The New English Bible). The King James Version reads, "Charity ... doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil" (I Cor. 13:4, 5). Paul understood that God, divine Love, destroys all evil through His own infinite goodness. Christ Jesus knew the power of this love when he told his disciples, "Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you" (Matt. 5:44).

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