Justice-Seeking: Tearing up a list of wrongs
Saying the memory verse together at suppertime will imprint it on the hearts of your children forever.
Love keeps no record of wrongs.
Do you have a list of wrongs that people have done to you? How long is it? How far back are the events you keep on this list? A month? A year? Five years? Ten? It’s hard for us to “keep no record of wrongs.” Yet this is exactly what our memory verse tells us that love does. Love keeps no record of wrongs. No lists. No wanting to get back at people who have hurt us. In this episode Lucille demonstrates this so effectively when she takes a list of things that Liz had done to her and tore it up. To keep no record of wrongs is an intentional act. It isn’t that something slips your mind and you can’t remember it. It is deliberately forgiving someone for something they did. It is choosing not to hold it against them.
Giving up the wrongs that people have done to us is a sacrifice to our God. When we hand these things over to God, we are saying to God, “I give up my list of wrongs. I choose to walk in the way of love.” We honor God when we keep no record of wrongs. And, after all, isn’t that what God through Jesus does for us?
JUST THE FACTS
How well did you listen to the story?
Q. What is the title of the book Liz read to improve his memory?
A. Steel Trap
Q. Why did he get angry with Spike?
A. Because his improved memory helped him remember every bad thing Spike ever did to him.
Q. What did Lucille do with the list she made of all the bad things Liz had done to her?
A. She tore it up.
Q. Why did Spike call Liz for help?
A. His computer wasn’t working properly.
This question is meant to help the children develop a biblical understanding of God, who He is and what He does. The "answer" is not meant for parents to read to their children. Rather its purpose is to assist parents in guiding the conversation to this biblical understanding. We encourage you to use an open Bible in this conversation, building biblical literacy and well as a biblical theology.
The Bible tells us that God is love. Does that mean that God keeps no record of wrongs?
When we belong to Jesus, and are members of God’s family, God no longer holds our sins against us, he no longer “remembers our sins” (Psalm 32: 1-2, 103: 11-12; Hebrews 8: 12). Even though our list is long our sins are covered by God’s love. (Love covers all wrongs: Proverbs 10: 12, 17: 9; 1 Peter 4: 8.)