Marriage and Family Series – The Thoughts that Linger

Where does our mind tend to go when we think of people and their actions or inactions? The answer to that question, tells us a great deal about what we believe about people, even the people in our own families. – –

thinketh 3049 5736 no 3756 evil; 2556

thinks no evil;


4Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8Love never fails.

New King James


4Charity 26 suffereth long, 3114 5719 and is kind; 5541 5736 charity 26 envieth 2206 5719 not; 3756 charity 26 vaunteth 4068 3756 not 4068 5736 itself, 4068 5736 is 5448 not 3756 puffed up, 5448 5743 5Doth 807 not 3756 behave itself unseemly, 807 5719 seeketh 2212 5719 not 3756 her own, 1438 is 3947 not 3756 easily provoked, 3947 5743 thinketh 3049 5736 no 3756 evil; 2556 6Rejoiceth 5463 5719 not 3756 in 1909 iniquity, 93 but 1161 rejoiceth 4796 5719 in the 225 truth 225 ; 7Beareth 4722 5719 all things, 3956 believeth 4100 5719 all things, 3956 hopeth 1679 5719 all things, 3956 endureth 5278 5719 all things. 3956

8Charity 26 never 3763 faileth:

King James with Greek Reference Numbers


In the Greek Language the meaning of “thinketh” is as follows:

3049. logivzomai loágizoámai, log-id’-zom-ahee; mid. voice from 3056; to take an inventory, i.e. estimate (lit. or fig.):- conclude, (ac-) count (of), + despise, esteem, impute, lay, number, reason, reckon, suppose, think (on).


When we see the actions of someone we are suppose to love, are we taking inventory of everything they do and do not do? If so, we are not truly loving them as we should love them. To examine their actions in a form that estimates the value of said actions is wrong and counted as evil. Drawing conclusions about another’s actions is not our place or responsibility. Are we just fueling scorn we feel toward another? Then we are feeding evil. Crediting them with all the ills that happen around them or us, is not how we should be thinking of them and will only produce a negative stronghold in our minds. Dwelling on what is wrong with others instead of what is right with them will only destroy the relationship, from within our own selves outward.


3056. lovgo” loágoás, log’-os; from 3004; something said (incl. the thought); by impl. a topic (subject of discourse), also reasoning (the mental faculty) or motive; by extens. a computation; spec. (with the art. in John) the Divine Expression (i.e. Christ):- account, cause, communication, x concerning, doctrine, fame, x have to do, intent, matter, mouth, preaching, question, reason, + reckon, remove, say (-ing), shew, x speaker, speech, talk, thing, + none of these things move me, tidings, treatise, utterance, word, work.


Unless there is some bona fide reason to express our negative, evil thoughts about another, we need to keep silent. To bring about conflict on top of having the evil thoughts is just plain wrong and unnecessary, no good will come of it at anytime. You cannot facilitate change by hammering another with their shortcomings.


The examples I gave previously for ways we negatively think of others, are separate acts from discerning the evil actions or wrong spirit of another person. The distention can be found in the motive. Are we or others that we know in danger physically, mentally, or spiritually? If not, then we in focusing negatively on another’s actions are thinking evil of that person.


In the Greek Language the meaning of “evil” is as follows:

2556. kakov” kakoás, kak-os’; appar. a primary word; worthless (intrinsically, such; whereas 4190 prop. refers to effects), i.e. (subj.) depraved, or (obj.) injurious:- bad, evil, harm, ill, noisome, wicked.

4190. ponhrov” poáneµroás, pon-ay-ros’; from a der. of 4192; hurtful, i.e. evil (prop. in effect or influence, and thus differing from 2556, which refers rather to essential character


If we have harbored angry, resentful, frustrating thoughts toward another for sometime, then we can reach such a point that our internal thoughts can become so depraved and harmful, to both ourselves and others, that we must seek help with and/or relief from them. Feeding such worthless, negative thinking will only lead to wickedness on our behalf.


To understand the above Greek definition, it is important to have a clear understanding of what the meaning of the word “intrinsically”, which is used within the definition, is actually.


Encartar World English Dictionary definition of intrinsically:

-in·trin·si·cal·ly, , adv


1. basic and essential: belonging to something as one of the basic and essential features that make it what it is

an intrinsic part of the plan


2. of itself: by or in itself, rather than because of its associations or consequences

has no intrinsic value


3. anatomy found in body part: occurring wholly within or belonging wholly to a part of the body such as an organ


[15th century. Via French < late Latin intrinsecus “inward” < assumed Latin intrim “within”]


We can see through an in-depth look into the meaning of the words thinketh, evil, and intrinsically that the type of evil, negative, worthless thoughts we are addressing, which we might have about others and/or ourselves comes not from an evaluation of their actions but from inside of us. Therefore, it is our responsibility to go before the throne of God, repent and seek His help via the Holy Spirit to free us from these types of thoughts.





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