Love prospers when a fault is forgiven, but dwelling on it separates close friends. Proverbs 17:9 NLT
Have you wondered what it would be like if Jesus reacted the way we do to people who mistreat us?
What if Jesus had called Judas a backstabber instead of friend? See Matthew 26:50.
What if Jesus had refused to forgive the repentant thief on the cross? What if, instead of promising to remember Him when He came into His kingdom, Jesus had reacted with, “No way! You were mean to me!” But instead of holding a grudge Love prospered. See Luke 23.
What if after the Resurrection, Jesus had sent a message to His disciples that He would be meeting them in Galilee, except for Peter, because of course He denied Him? Instead He told them tell everyone including Peter I will meet them in Galilee. See Mark 16.
In all three scenarios Jesus let Love prosper. 1 Corinthians 13:5 NLT tells us love
is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged.
When 1 Corinthians 13 describes love it is describing God for
God is love. 1 John 4:8 NLT
In the three scenarios we just examined, Jesus gave us an example of love, and how it prospers.
While love prospers us, its no fun to hold a grudge. It is much more fun to forgive and love. Dwelling on love brings healing. Dwelling on other’s faults only brings pain. Jesus knew this. Don’t you find that forgiving and loving people feels a lot better than holding a grudge?
You may study this week’s Sabbath School lesson on Proverbs here.