A clean slate mentality

[Love] is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. I Cor. 13:5b

Often January is the time we are most engaged in a “clean slate” mentality. We can use the New Year as to let go of old wounds and past conflicts and view others with the same clean slate Christ views us. When someone irritates us there is a tendency for old memories of that person’s past offenses to surface. We can use those to justify prolonged and escalated irritation with that person. One aspect of the transforming power of Jesus’ reconciling love is that we can learn to toss the wrongs that others commit against us into His sea of forgetfulness. Discarding past baggage in a relationship helps us deal more justly and mercifully with the current, specific conflict of the moment. A clean slate also gives those involved a relationship the greater chance to embrace change rather than to continue to play out assigned roles of The Annoyed and the Irritant.

Lord, thank you for erasing the record of my wrongs, I need to borrow Your eraser.