What is it about human nature that makes us expect the worst. For some of us, we are confident that whatever can go wrong, will go wrong. For example, I used to have an old computer. I kept it long past it’s functional life. I knew when I booted it up I’d have to fix something. I expected it to fail. I find I am also cynical about other things, expecting bad things to happen.
This expecting bad things makes loving others difficult. Why? Because 1 Corinthians 13:7 says that love always believes. The King James Version uses the word “belief” but the New International Version translates the word “trusts.” Both are accurate translations for the original word. It is the word we also translate “faith,” as in believing in Jesus and being saved by grace through faith.
Trust and belief are related concepts. For example, I always trusted my dad. I believed in him. He never lied to me. Oh, sometimes he didn’t tell me everything, but he didn’t deceive me. I knew that I could trust him because he had proven himself trustworthy over the years. He had my best interests at heart.
This ability to believe in the positive and trust others describes love. You might say love is the ability to see good in other people and expect good things from them. As you love others today, who should you give the benefit of the doubt?
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