We have been commenting on I Corinthians 13. When I came to “Love thinks no evil”, I had to go to Matthew Henry’s Commentary for help in writing on this. I quote: “It will not make the worst construction of things, but put the best face that it can on circumstances that have no good appearance.” This was Henry’s last sentence, but the one that most intrigues me.
I struggle with pessimism. I am definitely of the opinion that “the glass is half-empty”. Recently, we were asked to have supper in Orlando with our son and his wife. I immediately thought of the risk of driving on I-4 and the possibility that we might have heavy rain on the drive home. You know… nothing bad happened…..we had a nice visit with them and Gene and I enjoyed the drive over and back. Love thinks no evil; Love thinks the best of people and circumstances. So, is my love imperfect?
Think of how often we think the worst of people and expect that they will do something bad to us or on our behalf. We have lost our trust in government leaders and our doctors and those who serve us in restaurants. And, they seldom disappoint us! I wonder if we would see better results if we expected more from those who serve us. Perhaps, if we looked at the situation with optimism, we would find it.
I have tried to memorize Philippians 4:8: “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy….meditate on these things”. I ask daily for the Holy Spirit to “clean…sweep out” my mind of evil thoughts. I want to replace evil with good as described in Philippines 4:8.
Love thinks no evil. Matthew Henry also says that true love “does not reason out evil, charge guilt upon others by inference and innuendo, when nothing of this sort appears open. It will hide faults that appear and draw a veil over them, instead of hunting and raking out those that lie covered and concealed”. Mr. Henry said that we should have an ill opinion of a person only “when the evidence cannot be resisted”. I guess that means that we should always believe that a person is “innocent until proven guilty.”
This is my prayer: “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me”. Psalm 51:10.