Recently I found myself in a situation where some people made some assumptions about me and ended up doing and saying things that they normally wouldn’t. How did I respond? I didn’t. I reacted by making some assumptions about them which led me to do and to say some things I normally wouldn’t.
One of my all-time favorite books is a book by Henry Drummond entitled The Greatest Thing in the World. This book has impacted my life in a way that is second only to the Bible. It is Henry Drummond’s discourse on First Corinthians chapter thirteen, the love chapter. The comments he makes about love “thinketh no evil” have often kept me from reacting out of hurt and fear and helped me to instead be able to respond in love. To respond how He, love, would respond.
It is a wonderful thing that here and there in this hard, uncharitable world there are still a few rare souls who think no evil. This is the great unworldliness. Love “thinketh no evil,” imputes no motive, sees the bright side, puts the best construction on every action. What a delightful state of mind! What a stimulus and blessing to meet such a friend for a day! ~ Henry Drummond, The Greatest Thing in the World
Love imputes no motive. Those who made assumptions about me did not know my true heart, my true motive. And I did not know the true heart, or the true motive of those I made assumptions about.
Lord, Forgive us. Lord, Forgive me.
We have an enemy who is referred to as the accuser of the brethren. Let us not share his title. Let us be like our Father Who is love.
thinks no evil.
imputes no motive.
sees the bright side.
takes no account of the evil done to it.
pays no attention to a suffered wrong.
is ever ready to believe the best of every person.
Body of Christ, Children of God, let us assume the best of each other. Let us love each other. Let us think on good things about each other.
Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity. (Psalm 133:1, Amplified)