“A Certain Naivete” ( 1 Corinthians 13: 6-7, KJV ) by Carley Evans

Allegorical personification of Charity as a mo...

Charity, continues Paul is not thrilled with sin and falsity; rather charity rejoices in the Truth. Charity stands up under the weight of “all things.” Charity believes “all things;” charity hopes “all things;” charity endures “all things,” lasting forever. Paul writes to the church at Corinth that charity:

 6Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;

7Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.

A certain naivete exists in the heart of the Christian — we must resist evil, but at the same time not let it embitter us. We must hope for the change that must come to all men and women and children if they are to put evil behind them. We must keep charity in our hearts for each of God’s creation. Jesus says:

“Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven.” (Luke 6:37, KJV)

The next time someone runs a red traffic light while I am making a left turn on my yellow light so that we nearly collide, I’m going to trust God’s judgment and leave my bitterness out of my naivete.