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Devotionals by Pete Briscoe

Maybe there’s something you’re afraid to say, or someone you’re afraid to love, or somewhere you’re afraid to go. It’s gonna hurt. It’s gonna hurt because it matters. — John Green, Will Grayson

Surely we can’t avoid anger, but how can we avoid explosive arguments? For those of us who want to stop stuffing our hurts so we don’t have to carry them around and we don’t have to worry about dumping them onto someone we love, there is sound advice in 1 Corinthians 13:5b.

[Love] is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. (emphasis mine)

The surefire way to keep from dumping your gunnysack is to never fill it in the first place. Don’t collect the hurts to begin with. You don’t have to worry about exploding if you aren’t storing.

Later in that same letter, Paul writes:

When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. (13:11a, emphasis mine)

That word reason is the same word that’s translated as record of wrongs above. It’s an accounting term, and it literally means to take a ledger and keep track.

Paul is telling us that mature love doesn’t keep a tally of how people have done love incorrectly. Kids keep track of unfairness and hurts and wrongs.

When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. (13:11b)

If you want to stop dumping your hurts during explosive arguments, then you’ve got to stop storing those hurts. Stop keeping track of the many ways you’ve been hurt. You can’t dump potatoes when the gunnysack is empty.

Are you going to feel angry within the realm of relationship? Absolutely. It’s an unavoidable emotion. But even in your anger and hurt, there is a way to keep from storing a gunnysack of potatoes that needs to be dumped. I’ll share it with you tomorrow!

Forgiving God, it is Your grace that gives me what I do not deserve. Your mercy keeps from me what I do deserve. I don’t want to be a person who stores records of others’ wrongs, waiting for the moment to remind them of what they deserve. So I ask You to fill my relationships with Your grace and mercy. I can’t do this on my own. You must make this change in me. I lay my anger before You now. Replace it with Your forgiveness and love. Amen.

Taken from Pete’s series To Love and to Cherish.

Listen to Pete, Jill & Stuart Briscoe on the Telling the Truth broadcast at OnePlace.com

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About Telling the Truth

Telling the Truth is an on-air and online media ministry that distributes the Bible-teaching of Pete Briscoe — to help people know Christ and experience full Life in Him. Pete, along with his parents Stuart and Jill Briscoe, shares God’s Truth, grace, and love with people all over the world through a nationally-syndicated, daily, half-hour radio broadcast heard on 500 stations across all the U.S. and ten countries. Pete’s teaching also reaches hundreds of thousands of online listeners, viewers, and readers through numerous websites and apps, social media, and daily email devotionals.

About Pete Briscoe

Pete Briscoe leads Telling the Truth, a multi-faceted media ministry he shares with his parents Stuart and Jill Briscoe, broadcasting Bible teaching across the United States on more than 500 radio stations and across the world on the internet and Sirius XM Satellite Radio, to help more people come to know Christ and experience fullness of life in Him. Pete also served as senior pastor of Bent Tree Bible Fellowship in Carrollton, Texas for nearly 30 years after completing his seminary training at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Pete and his wife, Libby, have three adult children and find great joy in experiencing the Life of Christ each day

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