Love Keeps No Record of Right

Jesus said, “Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Depart from me, you evildoers!’ (Mat 7:22-23).

The proud are surprised by divine rejection, precisely because they had meticulously kept record of all their good works. It is as if they thought their works made God obligated to accept them. It is as if they believed heaven was their birthright. Their heart’s disposition was always focused on themselves, even when interacting with the needy.

By contrast, the humble are surprised by divine acceptance, but it is because they immediately forgot their works the very moment they were wrought. The humble are predisposed to offer aid simply because compassion moved their hands and feet. Compassion has no internal monologue. There is no inner conflict. There is no counting the cost or analyzing the level of inconvenience. There is only love which has a disposition continually set on others.

Though love certainly keeps no record of wrong (1 Cor 13:5), it also keeps no record of right.

When you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing. (Matthew 6:3)


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