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Love Believes the Best! But is it Gullible?

February 26th, 2015 No comments

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On face value, the notion that “loves believes all things” sounds like an invitation to join the Optimists Club (No offense to any club members).

Is God asking us to be gullible? Is He calling us to blindly place our trust and confidence in those who are demonstrably untrustworthy?

Are we supposed to be Christian versions of Charlie Brown placing our naïve trust in Lucy as she promises to hold the ball steady, only to land flat on our backs once again?

Fortunately for us, this is not what Paul is saying.

This word “believe” means “to put one’s faith or trust in something or someone.” This verb is a constant continuing action in the Greek, meaning a never-give-up kind of belief.

This kind of love believes the best in every situation.

You see, most of us have been burned by others who we “believed in.” As a result, we often default to a position of guarded suspicion in our dealings with others. We pride ourselves in never being “burned” a second time by someone who has hurt or failed us.

So what’s the proper balance between a naïve gullibility and jaded cynicism?

Daring love is neither stupid nor blind. It see it all – the good, the bad and the ugly. But here’s the critical difference – it chooses to view both the person and the situation through the eyes of faith.
It places its confidence in the character of God and the sure promises in His Word.

It sees beyond the obvious problems and challenges, straining forward to see the highest potential that resides in each individual. A great translation would be…

“Love strains forward with all its might to believe the very best in every situation…”

Love “believes all things” and refuses to yield to suspicions of doubt and negativity. In fact, love does the opposite. It remains confident to the end.

Why?

Because love places its faith in God, who will work out His divine plans even when all the circumstances seem to point in the opposite direction.

When the details are sketchy or unclear, choose to believe the best, and not the worst about the person or situation.

Love always believes the best!