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Read Introduction to 1 Corinthians


“does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil;”


thinks no evil;

The word “thinks” is an accounting term that enters attitudes into the positive and negative side of the ledger. The word means to account, calculate. This is a bookkeeping term and means to calculate something and put it down for a lasting record. This person does not want to forget wrongs against himself but loves to brood over wrongs. Love does not enter wrongs into the debit side of the ledger. Love does not keep records of wrong against self to pay them back. It does not keep a book of offenses against self or notes of past wrongs. Love expects no payment for wrongs against self.


Love forgets to charge wrong against self.


Love does not harbor resentment. It will not register evil against itself or nurse wrath for any period of time. It will not hold a grudge or keep it warm. Love does not resentfully keep records of wrong done against self. Some people are so resentful that they never forget wrong done against them. These people feel victimized by an affront against them.

Love, on the other hand, has a sense of forgiveness and does not cultivate negative memories of the past. Love forgets to charge any wrong against self. It does not hold a grudge by an attitude of vindictiveness. Love thinks the best of people and prefers not to impute evil to them. It will not brood over wrongs. As a spark falls into the sea and does not harm the sea, so hurts do not harm the person who loves.