Today I was in the Love Chapter (1 Cor. 13). In verse 5, we read "ou logizetai to kakon." This expression is variously translated as:
NIV: keeps no record of wrongs
ESV: is not resentful
KJV: thinketh no evil
NASB: does not take into account a wrong suffered
CSB: does not keep a record of wrongs
Drawing from my commentaries on 1 Cor. 13, I find at least four ideas present in this Greek phrase:
- love is not disposed to find fault in others
- love puts the best possible construction on the motives of others
- love makes allowance for the faults and failures of others
- love does not meditate on evil inflicted by others
What a mouthful. Fact is, we've all been wronged. Each of us bears scars. Hurts. Wounds. Someone has wronged us. How will we react?
If you have a list of wrongs, get rid of it. Stop adding to it. When you and I go through difficult times, it's easy to become a blamer. It's easy to become bitter. It's easy to turn into a person who's hard to be around.
Don't let that happen. LOVE DOESN'T KEEP LISTS.