I think we all have to fight the tendency to immediately focus on the negative. Some of us especially seem to be gifted in the area of trouble-shooting, and that causes us to look for the problems that stand in the way of success. But this should not define our outlook in life and relationships. If we really want to impact others for the better, we need to find the best and believe in it.
You shouldn’t cover your eyes to the reality of weakness and problems. But if you want to have the greatest influence in the lives of those around you, you will choose to have faith and confidence in what God is doing. There is no area of life into which God has not spoken and is not working. The question becomes, are we with God on the good that He is doing, or will we bypass that and only find fault. What will we see? What will we believe?
The apostle Paul, when defining and describing love to the early Christians wrote, “Love believes all things.” (1 Corinthians 13:7) He wasn’t saying that love is gullible. He was saying that love brings faith in the best possible scenario to the table. Love chooses to believe rather than disbelieve. We don’t know how everything is going to turn out in someone’s life. So we get to choose how we will view their situation through the eyes of God.
Some have said that this is about believing the best in every situation. I’m good with that. Remember, Biblical faith is not believing in something that doesn’t exist. It is a choice to believe something exists when you can’t see it. Today you will have an opportunity to act in love by believing the best for someone in your life. Sure, you can immediately speak forth negative comments. You can criticize their opportunities. You can cut down their actions. That doesn’t take love. That simply takes a tongue. Or you can choose to believe all things. In the face of dire situations, you can be the person who believes God is going to turn things around. When they get a bad report, you can be the one who trusts in love. When you do, you will open a door of relationship and communication that will enable you to speak other truth into their life.
Believe the best today. Don’t fake it. Faith it.
[Bible quotes are from the Holman Christian Standard Bible, unless otherwise noted.]
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