Love “keeps no record of wrongs.” (1 Corinthians 13:5d/NIV). What is it doing then? I have chosen the subcategory “forgive” for my dealing with the last phrase of the fifth verse.
Jesus taught us to forgive. Peter once asked the Lord about forgiving. Jesus told him when somebody wronged him he should stop counting how often he should forgive. Jesus said it is not enough to forgive seven times: “I say not unto thee Until seven times: but Until seventy times seven.” (Cf. Matthew 18:21+22/KJV).
Love “keeps no record of wrongs.” – So far I have been using the wording of the New International Version. This is rather straightforward.
Yet I find the King James Version very interesting too, even as I intend to write about forgiving. The KJV has: Charity “thinketh no evil.” Our attention is directed to thinking in more general terms rather than merely assessing if somebody has wronged us.
If we are to learn to forgive others, it seems helpful to consider our way of thinking. What are we really focussing or dwelling on?
The Greek word ‘logizomai’ can take various meanings. It has something to do with our way of thinking. James Strong’s Dictionary is listing for example: to take an inventory, i.e. to estimate; to conclude, to esteem, to reason, to reckon.
Businessmen are taking an inventory at least once a year. They are counting all the goods and possessions they have. It is not enough for them to merely count how many pencils they have for sale. They may be selling pens also, booklets and many other things.
It is better not to consider others only with regard to behaviours we dislike. We will get a more realistic picture of people if we try to more fully assess who they are and how they are dealing with others.
A teacher obviously has to correct certain mistakes. Yet he can also very effectively train children by encouraging desirable behaviours.
A good teacher will not overly focus on the flaws of the children entrusted to him. He will have a vision. He will seek to help them become their best.
Love does not continually dwell on the wrongs of others. Love does appreciate people. Love helps others grow beyond themselves.