|“People do not want to fear God because of their commitment to their own autonomy and they do not want to have to give account for their behavior.” Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt”)
Thoughts From The Diary of A Desperate Man by Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil.” 1 Corinthians 13:5
In his great treatise on love, Paul illustrates love more by what it is not than by what it is. This negative description of love is, in part, due to the believer assuming an antagonistic attitude towards the world’s vices. Love in action is not practicing the vices. A negative description of love gives it more definition. For example, if you say that you love your spouse, others know less about how you behave than if you say that you have never been unfaithful to her. Thus, you can substitute “Christ” for “love,” and find that the chapter perfectly describes Him. The real test is, can you read your own name in place of “love” and end with an accurate description of your life?
It is easy to think evil of others, especially when your sense of fairness has been transgressed. Literally, Paul says, “Do not impute evil to others,” i.e., to be suspicious of them, attribute to them evil motives. It is possible for you to accuse, judge, sentence, and condemn another in less than thirty seconds.
The writer of Proverbs cautions, “He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him.”144 When in doubt regarding the motives or behavior of others ask them, do not judge. Your perception of what happened may be different from the facts.
You will find it easier to impute evil to those close to you than to strangers. Those with whom you have daily commerce most frequently disappoint you, failing to live up to your expectations. Be careful the thoughts that you have toward them; do not impute to them evil.
144 Proverbs 18:13
Joshua 7-9 Luke 1:21-38 (New King James Version)
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