LOVE THINKETH NO EVIL

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God’s love does not reason about or reflect upon that which causes or constitutes misfortune, suffering, difficulty, or the like. God’s love does not ponder upon wickedness or plot to do evil. It doesn’t think, plan, or plot revenge or a “payback.”
 
Love also keeps no record of wrong or memory list. It does not keep score or inwardly rehearse ill treatment. The word for thinketh means to account, reckon, or credit to ones account like an accountant would for every financial transaction. Hurt and offended people keep a record of wrongs that they often revisit and re-feel. This only builds resentment or unforgiveness.
Resentment comes from two words.
1. Re: again.
2. Sent: from Fr. “sentir” and Latin “sentire” – to feel, to sense.
 
It means to feel again the hurt, slight, wrong, insult, or offense. An offense is something that outrages the senses and emotions while resentment suggests a longer lasting indignation and smoldering ill will. Resentment appears to be a cluster of anger and thought. Resentment is the state of holding something in the mind as a subject of contemplation or reflection. Hurt and injury are always involved. When an expectation is not met we get hurt; this leads to anger, which leads to a decision to hold in the anger and hurt and re-feel it from time to time. It is holding on to or showing feelings of intense animosity (hatred/anger) or vindictiveness (wanting to get back at someone). A synonym is unforgiveness, bitterness, being merciless, or holding a grudge. You file away a hurt and grudge list and revisit it from time to time. Leviticus 19:17-19 warns against silence that is holding hate and holding a grudge. Release it and let it go for resentment is a dead end; there is no place to go with it; it can only affect you negatively; it wastes time and energy; it is unproductive.
 
Love holds no grudges. A spark of hate cannot harm a sea of love and love has amazing power to forget as God does our offences. Psalm 130:3, 4 says, “If thou, Lord, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand? But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared.”
 
Micah 7:18,19 also says, “Who is a God like unto thee, who pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? He retaineth not his anger forever, because he delighteth in mercy. He will turn again; he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.
 
Love enables to forgive it, forget it, drop it, and move on.
 
I don’t think most Christians have any idea of the capacity we have in our born again, new creation spirit man. We have the same capacity to love and forgive like God does for Romans 5:5 says, “And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.” I think we can always retrieve a memory of past hurts and offences but love, like God, chooses not to. Hebrews 8:12 says, “For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.”
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LOVE IS NOT EASILY PROVOKED

 

Love is not easily provoked

1 Corinthians 13:4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, 5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; 6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; 7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. 8 Charity never faileth:

 

 

God’s love is not easily annoyed or incited to anger or resentment. It is not irritable, touchy, fretful, resentful, thin-skinned, or easily offended. Love, God’s love in our spirit, is not easily embittered by abuse, wrong, or insults to where it becomes retaliatory and vindictive. Love is not easily provoked especially when you have given kindness but receive the opposite.

 

Sometimes people can persist in doing things that try to exasperate us, make us feel like avenging ourselves, or retaliating in some way. The word for provoked is a compound word “para” which means alongside and “oxsus” which means to poke as with a sharp instrument. Taken together it portrays someone coming alongside another and poking, poking, poking, and poking continuously until a person is exasperated and stirred to anger and then responds in retaliation because they’ve had enough.

 

There is an old saying that says, “Where the sea of love is the sparks and flames of wrath cannot easily kindle.” The person that is finally provoked should not have allowed his anger to get to the point it boils over and retaliates. Wisdom would also lead us to stay away from people who enjoy provoking others. Anger resides and remains in long duration only in the bosom of a fool but where love is it dissipates and is kept in check. Anger is a God given emotion and we can be angry and sin not. That means we may feel our passion and emotions of anger which is not a sin but we are not to speak or act out by it and cross the line into sinful behavior. The love of God shed abroad in our heart helps us keep our passions within proper limits.  Anger resides and remains in long duration only in the bosom of a fool but where love is it dissipates and is kept in check. We need to let love rule us so that we do not allow the enemy to work through carnal people to provoke us.

 

Avoid reacting too quickly to what you hear and see James 1:19 and avenge not yourself Romans 12:15. Anger can be our attempt to make something right but it makes things worse. Anger does not make the wrong right. Let God be the one to get justice for He said, “Vengeance is Mine.” Although the word “easily” is added by translators it is implied that a Believer shouldn’t be quick to being provoked to anger. Any Believer controlled by the love of God in their heart will not be prone to or be quick to wrath or easily exasperated by a provoking person. There is a holding power and restraining power in the love of God.

 

Romans 5:5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

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LOVE DOES NOT SEEK ITS OWN


Love does not seek its own

 

1 Corinthians 13:4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8 Love never fails. NKJV

 

God’s love does not demand its own way for it is not self seeking or full of self interest and self ambition. Love does not seek its own interest. Love is unselfish and it does not grasp for oneself, one’s own pleasure, profit, or honor to the detriment of others. It is self-forgetful and joys in serving. It advances oneself but not entirely in unconcern for others growth and welfare.

 

The person who seeks his own described here which is the opposite of what love does is a person who will seek out whatever way they can or do anything to get their way.  They will scheme, connive, lie, misrepresent facts, tell half truths, to make things work to their advantage and put themselves in the best light. They cleverly control and influence to steer things in their self interest. A person walking in love never does that for love is not unscrupulous or manipulative.

 

“Love does not seek its own” does not mean that a person following love does not seek his own well-being or happiness but that he doesn’t seek it exclusively or only. Love is not selfish or out for self satisfaction or self interest to the neglect of others or injury to others. Some people advance or go forward in their life with no regard for others, no regard for how their actions affect others, and no feelings at all for how their behaviors hurt others. Their only concern is that they get what they want and can do what they want to do.

 

Self seeking people lack the ability to understand and share the feelings of others but the love of God gives you consideration for others.  Hebrews 10:24 says, “And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works.” Love considers attentively, gives careful consideration of, perceives clearly, and intensely thinks of others not just oneself. Some people only think of themselves and have little or no capacity to understand what others may be experiencing on a physical or emotional level. This will provoke people but not to good works. Only a love that seeks not its own can provoke others or spur them on to good works. Love is considerate, benevolent, and does not just look out for oneself. You’ve probably heard of the secret to J.O.Y. which is thinking in this order: Jesus, Others, and Yourself

 

Romans 5:5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

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LOVE DOES NOT ACT RUDE, CRUDE, OR LEWD

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1 Corinthians 13:4 Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, 5 does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered,  6 does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8 Love never fails …. NASB

 

God’s love in us prompts right behavior but it also restrains inappropriate behavior. In our culture, rude, crude, and lewd behavior is becoming more commonplace and acceptable. It seems that some are even rewarded monetarily for it and sought out for their shock value. What we see as appropriate and acceptable today would have been totally unacceptable to previous generations. Much of what is unseemly, indecent, and unbecoming in our modern culture would be corrected by the God kind of love, or the love of God influencing behavior.

 

You will notice in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 that it defines what love is and what love is not. First Corinthians 13:5 says that love does not act unbecomingly. God’s love does not act, react, function, or perform in a manner which is in bad taste, improper, or in violation of what is right. It does not behave contrary to form, fashion, or proper manner. It is not rude, ill mannered but rather courteous. It acts appropriately and fitting to the situation, giving respect and honor consideration in all the relations of life. Love prompts us to all that is fit and becoming in life and holds us from all that is unfit and unbecoming.

 

Love certainly would not act out of its place but observes proper decorum, protocol, and good manners. It doesn’t act unseemly or unbecomingly but unseemly conduct that love avoids speaks of behavior and conduct that goes beyond the superficial issues of etiquette in social settings. The word for unbecomingly is “aschemoneo” and means to behave disgracefully, dishonorably, in an unseemly or unbecoming manner. Love avoids conduct that would be improper, indecent, disgraceful or deserving of reproach. Love avoids what is indecent or what is obscene, vulgar, crude, lewd, filthy, immodest, and things offensive to standards of decency especially in sexual matters. Love does not behave inappropriately for the circumstance in any given moment but also love does not behave in what is morally inappropriate. Love behaves in appropriate ways and morals defined by what God says is right, holy, just, and good.

 

Ps 119:128 Therefore I esteem all thy precepts concerning all things to be right; and I hate every false way. 129 Thy testimonies are wonderful: therefore doth my soul keep them. 130 The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.

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LOVE DOES NOT BRAG OR HAVE SWAG

love does not brag or have swag

 

1 Corinthians 13:4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, 5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; 6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; 7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. 8 Charity never faileth:

 

God’s love does not boast or abound with self-praise. It is not vain or proud. It does not make a parade or brag.

 

It does not overestimate one’s own importance. It does not mind when others are recognized, have preeminence, preference or prominence. Love is not a braggart or boaster; it does not need to toot its own horn. The word for “vaunteth not itself” implies to boast about something by downgrading something else with the implication of regarding oneself as superior. Love does not despise or look down on others.

 

God’s love is not high-minded or puffed up with pride.   The God kind of love does not have pride which elevates self or puts down others. It is not puffed up.  It gives up putting on airs, it is not contemptuous of others, and it is not arrogant or inflated with pride.  The word for “puffed up” has the primary sense of blowing up, inflating, causing to swell up. It means to make proud, haughty, or arrogant.  Love doesn’t have a swelled head, sing its own praises, and it isn’t arrogant. Remember: Green corn stands upright but ripe corn bends low.

 

The love of God in us doesn’t need to brag or have swag. We hear commentary on people today in many fields of life describing a person as having “swag” or having some “swagger.” Swag is sometimes used to refer to having a stylish appearance in the way one presents oneself or stylish confidence. There is certainly nothing wrong with that but it is also a short word for “swagger.” Swagger is defined as to walk or behave in a very confident and typically arrogant or aggressive way. It means walk with a lofty proud gait, often in an attempt to impress others. To strut, to parade, show off, or prance. It includes acting in an arrogant, overly self-assured, or conceited manner. It describes a proud stiff pompous gait or to strut with a defiant or insolent air. Love doesn’t need to “strut its stuff.” It can walk with confidence and style but it is never conceited or arrogant.

 

Romans 5:5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

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LOVE DOES NOT ENVY

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1 Corinthians 13:4-8  Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails…. NKJV

 

Love does not envy. God’s love does not resent another’s good fortune or desire to see it taken from them.  God’s love is not envious and does not desire to deprive another of what he has. Envy is different from jealousy in that jealousy wants what another has for itself (it burns with a desire to have); whereas, envy wants to deprive another of what one has. It means to have ill will, discontent, and displeasure at witnessing the advantages, possessions, or good fortunes of others. It feels pain at someone else’s success and feels dread at another’s accomplishments and joy. It is a work of the flesh or carnal nature but the seed or stimulant to it can be the fruit of another’s accomplishments. It is a sin that grows in the background of another’s pre-eminence. It was for envy that Joseph was sold into Egypt (Acts 7:9) and Jesus was delivered to be crucified (Matthew 27:18). The modern day philosophy of socialism thrives on stirring up people and manipulating them through envy.

 

Envy starts fights and quarrels James 4:1-5.

Envy causes malice or malignity Titus 3:3.

Envy leads to confusion and every evil work James 3:16.

Envy can break your health down Proverb 14:30.

 

God’s love in us is not envious but rejoices when others succeed and do well. It is not in competition and begrudges not others opportunities, abilities, possessions, position, privileges. Love doesn’t resent God’s goodness to others but recognizes there is enough of God’s goodness for everyone to taste and see that He is good.

Love that envies not refuses the lie that tries to convince us that if one man benefits another has to lose or if someone succeeds it is at another’s expense. Love keeps its eyes on God, off of others, and helps us to stop looking out for #1, me, myself, and I. Love rejoices when others rejoice Romans 12:15

 

It never detracts or tries to make others seem less, and self more, by comparing.

Only love that envies not can see the inequalities of life and remain content.

 

Romans 5:5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

 

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LOVE IS KIND

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1 Corinthians 13:4-7 Love meekly and patiently bears ill treatment from others. Love is kind, gentle, benign, pervading and penetrating the whole nature, mellowing all which would have been harsh and austere; is not envious. Love does not brag, nor does it show itself off, is not ostentatious, does not have an inflated ego, does not act unbecomingly, does not seek after the things which are its own, is not irritated, provoked, exasperated, aroused to anger, does not take into account the evil [which it suffers], does not rejoice at the iniquity but rejoices with the truth, endures all things, believes all things, hopes all things, bears up under all things, not losing heart nor courage. Love never fails. (An Expanded Translation by Kenneth S. Wuest)

 

LOVE IS KIND – God’s love is of a friendly nature, generous, hospitable, warm-hearted, and good. Here are some other words that describe the kindness of God’s love: God’s love is charitable and helpful, showing sympathy and understanding for others. It is considerate, forbearing, tolerant, courteous, and thoughtful, desiring only to promote another’s welfare. It is generous, liberal, and beneficial, demonstrating itself in kindly acts.
Love that is kind is one of the main qualities of Jesus’ ministry. Titus 3:4 describes the appearance of our Savior as kindness and love, “But after that the kindness and love of God our Savior toward man appeared….”

He didn’t mince words with the religious Pharisees, for He often rebuked them, but He was kind and compassionate to hurting humanity.

 

Love that is kind can take insult and injury but shows kindness in return, not returning evil for evil.

To endure wrong done to you can be the victory of your stubbornness.

To endure gently and deal kindly is the victory of love and grace.

 

Romans 5:5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

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