1 Corinthians 13:5
5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; NKJV
5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; ESV
5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. NIV
5 does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, NASB
5 Thinks no evil; is not resentful; keeps no records of wrongs; does not take into account a wrong suffered. The last two versions you can also use the word grudge.
evil /ˈēvəl/noun: evil, plural noun: evils
- profound immorality, wickedness, and depravity, especially when regarded as a supernatural force: “the world is stalked by relentless evil”
synonyms: wickedness, bad, badness, wrongdoing, sin, ill, immorality, vice, iniquity, degeneracy, corruption, depravity, villainy, nefariousness, malevolence, devil, turpitude
▪ a manifestation of this, especially in people’s actions:
“the evil that took place last Thursday”
synonyms: abomination, atrocity, obscenity, outrage, enormity, crime, monstrosity, barbarity
▪ something that is harmful or undesirable:
“sexism, racism, and all other unpleasant social evils”
synonyms: harm, pain, misery, sorrow, suffering, trouble, disaster, misfortune, catastrophe, affliction, woe, hardship
- profoundly immoral and malevolent: “his evil deeds“
synonyms: wicked, bad, wrong, immoral, sinful, foul, vile, dishonorable, corrupt, iniquitous, depraved, reprobate, villainous, nefarious, vicious, malicious, malevolent, sinister, demonic, devilish, diabolical, fiendish, dark, monstrous, shocking, despicable, atrocious, heinous, odious, contemptible, horrible, execrable, lowdown, dirty
▪ (of a force or spirit) embodying or associated with the forces of the devil:
“we have been driven out of the house by this evil spirit”
▪ harmful or tending to harm:
“the evil effects of high taxes”
synonyms: cruel, mischievous, pernicious, malignant, malign, baleful, vicious, destructive, harmful, hurtful, injurious, detrimental, deleterious, inimical, bad, ruinous
▪ (of something seen or smelled) extremely unpleasant:
“a bathroom with an evil smell”
synonyms: unpleasant, disagreeable, nasty, horrible, foul, disgusting, filthy, vile, noxious
Word OriginOld English yfel, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch euvel and German Übel.
resentful /rəˈzentfəl/ adjective
- feeling or expressing bitterness or indignation at having been treated unfairly:
“he was angry and resentful of their intrusion”
synonyms: aggrieved, indignant, irritated, piqued, put out, in high dudgeon, dissatisfied, disgruntled, discontented, offended, bitter, jaundiced, envious, jealous, brooding, miffed, peeved, sore
1.resentfully adverb 2.resentfulness n.
Synonyms; acrid, acrimonious, embittered, hard, rancorous, bitter, sore
disaffected, discontented, disgruntled, malcontent; contemptuous, cynical, disdainful, misanthropic, scornful; angry, cruel, harsh, irritated, mad, rough, savage, vehement, vicious, virulent, vitriolic; acid, caustic, cutting, mordant, sarcastic, trenchant; knock-down, drag-out (or knock-down-and-drag-out)
In the NKJV it says thinks no evil. It is not just what we do but what we think that we have to consider. Jesus said, ‘To even look at a woman with lust in your eyes is to have committed adultery. Wrong thinking happens before one takes action. Sometimes it is a quick thought and other times the thought lingers and takes root. It can hide itself behind reasons, logics and what one holds to be their right. (Something we saw in the woman’s march that recently took place in protest to our new President Trump) to name a few ways it can hide in our minds. Scripture tells us to take every thought captive (2 Corinthians 10:5 (NKJV) casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, )and there is a reason for this. If we allow wrong thinking to continue those thoughts turn into actions and wrong attitudes. Even smells are listed in above definitions in the synonyms.
Most of us do not think we do anything that is evil but the definitions above reveal that there are things we do that we do not realize they are doing something evil. Most of us do not intend to do any harm.
Being resentful or holding a grudge harms both the one holding the grudge and the one the grudge is held against. Not keeping records of a wrong done to you does not mean you forget what had been done. What was done cannot be changed because it was done in the past. It frees your mind letting go of the thoughts and not keeping yourself in the same prison you are holding the wrong doer. Instead of focusing your thoughts on the pain you suffered or the wrong done to you, thinking on the goodness of Jesus and the love you have can change not only how you think but how you live.
Think about your thoughts.
Do you remember the saying think before you speak?
Do you take your thoughts captive and take them to God?
Do you justify you’re a thoughts?
Do you want to change how you think?