God is Love, Love keeps no records of wrongs, and the Judgment 1 John 4:15-17 (New International Version) 15If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in him and he in God. 16And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him. 17In this way, love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment, because in this world we are like him. God is Love . past year or so i've transposed this onto 1st Corinthians 13 and i think one of the passages in the chapter that makes it hard to do so is the latter part of verse 5 where it is written (love) "keeps no record of wrongs." So way back i thought on this .. and hmm . . . so if God keeps no records of wrongs .. where do all those books come from in Revelation .. that are opened up after the gog-magog conflict? so stumped i just sat on it . cause it's not my knowledge anyway . just let it sit . and then not too long later i was reminded of this passage in 1st Corinthians 1 Corinthians 4:4-5(NIV) 4My conscience is clear, but that does not make me innocent. It is the Lord who judges me. 5Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait till the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of men's hearts. At that time each will receive his praise from God. So when the Lord comes .. He will reveal what is hidden in us and that is the basis of the judgment .. hmm .. then this triggered a verse from James and something Jesus said . Matthew 7:2 (KJV) For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. James 2:12-13 (NIV) 12Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law that gives freedom, 13because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment! Our judgment appears from this context to be dependent on how we judge others . and those outside of Christ . will be judged on how they judge others also minus the atonement . The books opened up at the second resurrection appear to be the hearts of men . God saying .. i read you like a book and so forth . Romans 8:17-21 (New International Version) 17Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. 18I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. 19The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed. 20For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope 21that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God. Moving on to application: 1st Peter 4:17 says that judgment begins with the house of God, so it's like all this purification we're going through now (commonly called "sanctification") is really our judgment . So as we surrender our hearts to Him moment by moment, day by day, year by year, He redeems us and transforms us so "we are like Him in this world" and have confidence in the day of judgment . As the blood of Jesus had a greater testimony than the blood of Abel so is our judgment in Him .. Glorious . because He is faithful . Jude 1:24-25 (New International Version) 24To him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy— 25to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.