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Love and the Church Day 16

April 26, 2021

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 13:7it always trusts

Devotional: To say that love always trusts, in this context, is to say that love believes the best. Love gives a generous explanation; it always gives the benefit of the doubt. 

I’ve had a little card near my work computer for years that says, “Lord, help me to be the kind of person my dog thinks I am.” If you are a dog lover, you know exactly what this means, because your dog always believes the best about you. 

They love you even when you forget to feed or walk them.  You walk in the door and they think you’re the greatest thing since sliced bread.  Even if you forgot to feed them yesterday, they believe you’re gonna feed them today.  Even if you don’t show them the attention they deserve one day, they believe you’re gonna do it the next.  That’s why they are called man’s best friend. They always trust, always believe the best about you.

That’s what love does. 

Everyone needs someone to believe in them.  Even when they don’t deserve it.  It doesn’t mean you need to be naïve to the faults of another.  Remember what our opening question was this week- what does love do with failure?  You can know someone’s failure but still believe in them. 

You might wonder, isn’t that kind of risky?  Won’t some people take advantage of this kind of love?  Yes, they will.  But God took a big risk announcing forgiveness ahead of time. Romans 5:8 says, “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”  Truth is, some people will trample on that kind of love.  But some will be completely transformed by it. 

Think about it:  when someone believes you’re better than you are, what does that do?  It encourages you to aspire to what they believe about you, doesn’t it?  Belief is a powerful motivator; it draws you like a magnet to the one who believes in you. 

You have the power to love like that, and to transform another’s life because of it.

Reflect:

  • Who most needs you to believe the best about them? Pray that God will give you the ability to love them and give a generous explanation for them - always.

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