Ronnie Floyd Says This Is the 1 Phrase Every Minister Needs to Live By
Churches are filled with all kinds of people. This presents numerous challenges for each pastor. When the Apostle Paul addressed the church at Corinth, it was evident that the church was struggling with their interpersonal relationships.
They were called to unity, compelled by the dynamic of love. Therefore, Paul writes about this power of love in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8. From this incredible section of Scripture written to the church for the church, I want to lift up one phrase that every minister needs to live by.
What Phrase Is It?
1 Phrase Every Minister Needs to Live By:
“… does not keep a record of wrongs.” 1 Corinthians 13:5
This strong statement is compelling. It should become a priority for every relationship we have on this earth: Does not keep a record of wrongs. When we do not live by this phrase, we put up or create a block in our relationships, closing off our hearts to one another.
This phrase is translated literally: “Love does not count up wrongdoing.”
From nearly wed to newlywed to long-time wed, we must learn to live by this phrase: Does not keep a record of wrongs. Regardless of generation, vocation, or religion, this is the secret to living a strong and meaningful life.
While love does not count up wrongdoing, it is also never rude, impatient, negative, and does not rejoice when someone else sins. The secret to this is discovered when we forgive.
What does it mean to forgive? Forgiving someone means we wipe the slate clean, releasing it completely.
Only Jesus’ love and your love for others lead you to forgive. Forgiveness is miraculous. It’s supernatural!
Unforgiveness is an internal problem we experience personally. It is not just about someone else; it is also about you.
Love and unforgiveness cannot coexist.
A strained relationship is one in need of forgiveness. Therefore, forgive and love. Remember this one phrase that each minister needs to live by: “… does not keep a record of wrongs.” (1 Corinthians 13:5)
Pastor, how do we live this out? Pastor’s wife, how do we live this out? Let me show you how we can do this.
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Dr. Ronnie Floyd is Senior Pastor of Cross Church and former president of the Southern Baptist Convention. Follow him on Twitter @ronniefloyd.