DAILY BREAD OF LIFE….
FRIDAY 13TH NOV., 2020
WORD FOCUS: LOVE THINKS NO EVIL
TEXT: 1Corinthians 13:5 “Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;…”
Beloved, let us check what the two key words mean here . First, to think suggests to form an idea of something in the mind all the time because of present continuous tense thinks; like to imagine, see, feel,or understand. Second, evil connotes hurt, sorrow, grief, trouble, wickedness and so on. Can someone see what the Lord saw before Jesus Christ came to buy us back from the market of sin- darkness to light? Scriptures says in (Gen 6:5) . Evil was great in the earth, and that every intent – desire, purpose of the thoughts of man’s heart was only evil continually. Therefore we think with our hearts. Very crucial indeed .(Mk 7:21-23) But thank God; the cross of Christ has overturn that position for those that have received Him. Unequivocally Paul said that love “thinks no evil”. Again love is not like the monkeys who see no evil, hear no evil, and speak no evil. To think no evil is not to view the world with rose-colored glasses or to retreat into a naïve cocoon where evil thoughts cannot penetrate. Rather, to think no evil means to be ready to grant others the judgment of charity. We do not know what people’s motives may be when they offend us or otherwise harm us. Hence we can evaluate their actions in different ways.
For example, we can judge them according to a best-case scenario or a worst-case scenario. Another option may be sober realism that falls between the best case and the worst case.
If someone approaches me with a gun in his hand and demands that I give him my money, I might reason afterward that he really did not mean to rob me. That would go beyond a best-case judgment of charity. The judgment of charity is due our neighbors when, in fact, we do not know why they did what they did or said what they said. To challenge their motives by assigning the worse possible causes to them would be to fail in love. It is rare indeed that people who wound us have acted with much malice aforethought as we sometimes presume. Sometime we want to think the worst of their motives so that we can justify our own feelings of vengeance.
Our problem is that we tend to reserve best-case judgment of charity to ourselves while withholding it from others. A righteous judge is required to be sober. If there is concrete evidence for malice aforethought, he must withhold a best-case evaluation and perhaps if there are mitigating circumstances he must avoid the worst-case judgment. Love is not quick to think evil of others but demonstrates a forbearing spirit. The Lord instructs us to hate evil (ps97:10) especially evil speaking (Ps 34:13) and consciously put away evil (Deut 31:29), repay no one evil (Rom12:17) and do not be overcome by evil(Rom 12:21).Honestly, the Lord will prosper you and multiply you more than our fathers- in the old testament because the the grace of God- Jesus Christ is your righteousness. (Deut 30:5b).
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