Love Doesn’t Keep Track
Love thinks no evil.
As I was thinking over this truth today, I really couldn’t get my mind around this. In a world where all you see is evil and bad news, where it’s easy to be negative and a pessimist, where sarcasm drips off of our vocabulary, it was hard for me to think about thinking no evil.
The NASB says, “…love does not take into account a wrong suffered…” or the NIV, “…it keeps no record of wrongs…” 1 Corinthians 13:5
When the people in our lives have done something wrong to us or against us (which has happened to us all and will continue to) it’s easy to hold on to that and keep track of it and think about it. But love doesn’t do this. When balancing the books of things people have done to us, we’re not supposed to keep track of the wrong things, we’re not supposed to think about and ponder those evil things, but what we do need to do is not even take this evil into account! How on earth are we supposed to do this?!
It means we must be quick to forgive. Quick to let go of the wrongs people have done to us. Now this is not easy. It doesn’t even seem right or fair. Especially in the instances when the wrong done was really wrong and evil and ugly. When these things happen, the option that makes the most sense is to always think of that person in light of their sin and their mistakes, but that’s not what God calls us to!
To think no evil does not come naturally, but the more we practice this, the better we will be at it, as we pray for God to give us His perspective, and to be quick to forgive like He is faithful to do.
“And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32