Love Thinks No Evil
Love thinks no evil or in other words does not take into account. The purpose of entry in accounting is to make a permanent record that can be consulted for future reference. In business that practice is necessary, but when it comes to the harmony of the home, church fellowship and work relations it is not only unnecessary but also harmful.
Keeping account of different things done to you by different people is a sure way to unhappiness – primarily with our own peace of mind but also it will in most cases effect those with whom we hold grudges. The same Greek word is used often in the New Testament to represent the pardoning act of God for those who trust in Jesus Christ.
Paul wrote, “Blessed is the man to whom the Lord shall not impute (take into account) sin”(Romans 4:8). And again 2 Corinthians 5:19 we read, “that God was Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing (taking into account) their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.”
This is the good news that once sin is placed under the blood of Christ there is no more record of it “Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out” (Acts 3:19a). In God’s accounting books the only entry after the names of His redeemed people is “righteous,” because we are in Christ His blessed Son. Christ’s righteousness is placed to our credit. That is the sort of accounting love keeps of wrongs no matter how big or small done against it.
The Christian should never record wrongs to bring them to account at some latter time. Love forgives. Resentful people are careful to keep accounts, which they read and reread, hoping for any opportunity to get even and square the ledger with that person. Love keeps no record, because spiritual Christians never provide a column for resentment or grudges. “And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you” (Ephesians 4:32).
If God in His love which as Christians we now have, so completely and permanently erases all records of our many sins committed against Him, how much more should we be prepared to forgive and forget the much lesser wrongs that are done against us (Matthew 18:21-35).
Written by John Denman
From Student’s Notes – The Qualities of Love –
“Love is not provoked, and thinks no evil”(1 Corinthians 13:5b).
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