A Daily Word from the Word for Wednesday, November 28, 2012
“Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil” – 1 Corinthians 13:4-5
While there is much nourishment to consume in this verse, we will focus on the revelation that the Lord has for us concerning the message for today, which is the very last three words: “thinks no evil.” This morning, (yesterday morning for you by the time you read this) as I was updating my “resources” page of my ministry website and changing the date of the update, the Lord spoke to me. He said “just as when you change the old date to the new date, and you keep no record of a previous revision; so do I keep no records of wrong concerning My children. I continually cause old things to pass away, and make all things new (2 Corinthians 5:17).” I had to sit and soak for a minute, my brothers and sisters, and bask with a grateful heart in the goodness and mercy of the Father. God is love (1 John 4:8).
The Greek word for “thinks” as used in this verse is logizomai (pr. log-id-zom-ahee), which means “to take inventory, think on” (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance). The word “evil” comes from the Greek kakos (pr. kak-os) and means “injurious, bad, evil, ill, noisome, wicked.” Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary defines “noisome” as “highly obnoxious or objectionable.”
When we become sons and daughters of the Father, and are adopted into His royal family through Jesus Christ by accepting the Son of all sons as our Lord and Savior, repenting of our sins and receiving the free gift of salvation through His sinless and spotless Blood, and inviting Jesus to permanently live in us, our filthy and evil record is erased from the books— washed away by the Blood of the Savior.
The cool thing about the word “think” as it used here, is that it is a progressive word. Whenever you see the Greek word ending in ai (pr. ahee), it signifies that it is an action word that is still continuing; therefore, it always is a ‘right-now’ word. For every believer, every child of the Most High King, our inventory sheets, our records are constantly being washed in the Blood of the Lamb; and every hint, every trace of wrong-doing is forever cleansed from the record! It is gone, erased, irretrievable.
The only time these remnants of wrongful reminiscing are resurrected are when we bring them up. So stop doing it! Your Big Brother and Savior Jesus is constantly cleansing your record, so stop making His job more difficult by working against Him! :-). See, you get a smiley for that. It really should be a half smiley, since I am only half joking, but my keyboard doesn’t have such a key.
And every time the devil tries to bring up your past, tell him to go to hell. This is one of the few times I won’t get in trouble from my apostle for using “h-e-double-hockey-sticks.” Otherwise, I get the deep voice, head slightly angled down, serious face, saying really slow “Matthew.” Look, I can joke like this. I am a son of the apostle; plus, he reads these, and he will probably laugh but won’t admit it :-). Shout-out to my beloved Apostle Dr. Don Lyon. Okay, people, slightly off track. Sorry, here we go.
There is an old but good saying in ministry: “When the devil reminds you of your past, remind him of his future.” We have read the back of the Book, so we know the ending. God has already won, and the devil was defeated once and for all when Jesus went to the cross. This despicable dastardly demon is just buying time and creating havoc while waiting for his impending doom. Too bad we can’t give him an early reservation at Hotel Hell. Sorry folks, I am really silly while I am writing this for some reason. I am trying to get it together.
There is another truly amazing revelation concerning this word logizomai. It comes from the root word logos (pr. log-os) which means “none of these things move me, the Divine Expression (Jesus Christ).” As children of God, we are hid in Christ (Colossians 3:3); therefore, when God sees us, He sees the Divine Expression of His Son, and is not moved in His relationship with us when we do wrong. God can no more can deny His First-born Son, the Father can no more deny His children, than He can deny Himself. 2 Timothy 2:13 testifies to this truth when it shouts from the hilltops of heaven that “God cannot deny Himself!”
My son can really test me. There are past times when I have really needed to say “Lord, help to not put my hands on this child.” Come on now parents, get that “I never” look off your face. You know what I am talking about. There are times when I wanted to put my son through a wall. And the thing is, when he was younger, and he knew I was mad at him, he would sit there, in the same space, and refuse to go to his room. I would say “Joseph, leave me please.” And he would sit right there, egging me on and say “I am not leaving.” As upset as I was with him, I no more could deny him than I could deny myself, because he is a part of me. When I look at him, I see me. Despite his highly obnoxious and objectionable behavior at times, none of these things could ever move me from being his father, or from him being my son. Now multiply this level of love by infinity when it comes to the love that our heavenly Father has for us.
My precious brother and my beautiful sister, this is where God, the Father of all fathers, wants you to be in your relationship with Him. Your loving Father needs you to know, to truly believe “that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38). Don’t believe it because I said it. Believe it because God said it and God does not lie; nor does He keep any records of our wrong-doing.
Father, thank You for loving us so much. Thank You that we love You because You first loved us (1 John 4:19). Loving Father, help us experience the secure knowing that can only come from You concerning the permanency and unbreakable bond we share as your sons and daughters. Do this assuring work in us, and place Your promise deep within our spirits. In Jesus Name, we thank you that we most assuredly belong to You. Amen and Amen.
Take action! Challenge your thinking! Choose to be secure in your place, position, and relationship as a child of the Most High Father; of Whom, you are always near and dear to His heart. Choose to forget your records of wrong-doing just as your Father has, by the Blood of Jesus. Choose instead to enjoy your childhood, friendship, and fellowship with your loving Father. And continue to fight the good fight of focusing on the love of your Daddy; for God, your Amazing Grace, has already given you the victory!
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May God Bless you and keep you always.
With warmest regards,
And, in service of The Most High King,
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Matthew is founder of HMD Ministries, and sits under the leadership of Apostle Dr. Don Lyon of Faith Center Ministries International in Rockford, Illinois, where he is a member.
All references to Hebrew and Greek words and meanings, unless otherwise noted, are taken from the New Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance © 1990 by Thomas Nelson Publishing. All dictionary references are taken from the Merriam-Webster online dictionary © 2012, unless otherwise noted.