Part 7 of a Segment-by-Challenging-Segment Series on 1 Corinthians 13
1 Corinthians 13:5c:
(love) is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered. (NASB)
it is not touchy or fretful or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to
it [it pays no attention to a suffered wrong]. (Amplified)
Beginning the discussion:
I, Sheryl, take you, Bert, to be my husband, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better or for worse, - Darling, I need to interrupt here and mention that I haven’t mastered 1 Corinthians 13 yet. So, maybe it would be more honest if I say it this way: I, Sheryl, take you, Bert, to be my husband if you do not insult me, hurt my feelings, or do anything that upsets me or makes me mad from this day forward until death do us part.
You would be glad to know that I didn’t actually reword my wedding vows. However, I’m positive Bert would have appreciated the heads up.
Did you notice the last line in the Amplified version: it pays no attention to a suffered wrong?
I’m thankful for God’s standards. As we add this to the list of virtues we’re memorizing from 1 Corinthians 13, we move into a higher level of maturity and true character building. Don’t you think? I mean, we’re not talking about pretending we didn’t notice a wrong done to us, but actually not even giving any attention to the mistreatment.
How do you think you’ll do with this one?
Since we are at the last section of verse five, let’s look at the verse in its entirety:
(love) Does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered. (NASB)
And in the Amplified:
It is not conceited (arrogant and inflated with pride);
it is not rude (unmannerly) and does not act unbecomingly.
Love (God's love in us) does not insist on its own rights or
its own way, for it is not self-seeking; it is not touchy or
fretful or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to
it [it pays no attention to a suffered wrong].
What do you think?
• How hard is it for you to take no account to a suffered wrong and extend immediate forgiveness – and even consider the person may not have intended to hurt or offend us?
• And how do we deal with our emotions while we’re practicing not to react to a suffered wrong?