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Love Believes the Best! Who Believes in You?

March 1st, 2015 2 comments

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While love “believes the best” about people and situations, our fallen, sinful flesh will always default toward negativity. We don’t naturally enjoy covering the sin of another anymore than we enjoy choosing to believe the best about someone, especially when we have heard otherwise.

However, love “believes all things” and refuses to yield to suspicions of doubt. Love does the opposite, it remains confident to the end.

By placing its faith in God, daring love remains confident that “all things work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purposes.” (Romans 8:28)

To “believe all things” means that love believes the best that is possible as long as that can be done.

Love gives the benefit of the doubt. It takes people at their highest and best-not at their lowest and worst.

I love the way these Bible commentators capture the essence of this verse:

When Love has no evidence, it believes the best. When the evidence is adverse, it hopes for the best. And when hopes are repeatedly disappointed, it still courageously waits.
(Robertson and Plummer – 1Corinthians 13-Critical and Exegetical Commentary)

How many of you remember the darling of the 1984 Olympic Games, Mary Lou Retton?

She won gold, silver and bronze medals and became the first American woman to win the all-around title in gymnastics receiving perfect scores in two of the all-around events. She had this to say about her journey to the top:

It takes talent, discipline, a very strong work ethic, and a love for your sport to be an Olympic champion. But that’s only 50 percent of it. I wouldn’t have become an Olympic champion without the other 50 percent that my coach, Bela Karolyi, gave me. He made me believe the unbelievable, that I could be an Olympic champion.

It’s hard to become a champion if no one believes in you. Coach Bill McCartney, founder of the Promise Keepers men’s movement, once said the four most important words in the world were “I BELIEVE IN YOU.”

How do you view people?

Do you see them through the eyes of faith or through the lens of fear?

Have you told your spouse of your children how much you believe in them?

Let people know you believe in them!

How about yourself? Who do you have someone around you who truly believes in you?

I love these instructions from the Lord to Moses concerning his servant Joshua:

Instead, commission Joshua and encourage and strengthen him, for he will lead the people across the Jordan. He will give them all the land you now see before you as their possession.’
Deuteronomy 3:28

What did Joshua need? Someone to believe in him. You and I are no different. Be an encourager of others and surround yourself with friends who choose to “believe the best!”

Unleash the champion in you and others!