Charity, Pt. 15

Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not: charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.

I Corinthians 13:4-7

In our study of the characteristics of charity, we have come to the fact that charity “…thinketh no evil.”  Charity has a pure heart and a pure mind.  Charity does think evil.  That can mean many things.  It can mean that charity doesn’t think evil toward others.  It can mean that charity doesn’t about evil things.  It can mean many things, all of which are true.

Charity doesn’t think evil toward others.  It can be very tempting to wish evil on those who have wronged us.  It is human nature to wish evil on those who have wronged us.  Jesus Christ Himself tells us to “turn the other cheek.”  We are not to wish evil on others, even if we do not agree with them.  We are not to wish evil on others, even if we do not like them.  We are not to wish evil on others, even if they hate us.

Charity doesn’t think about evil things.  Charity thinks good and pure thoughts.  Charity brings all of it’s thoughts in line with the scriptures.  Charity heeds the warning of II Corinthians 10:5, “…bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.”  That is how charity lives and that is how charity thinks.

How good are we today at controlling our thoughts?  How often do we allow those evil thoughts to take root in our minds?  Do we truly bring every thought into captivity?  Do we filter every thought through the Word of God?  We should.  That is what charity does.

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