"Love chooses to believe the best about people. It gives them the benefit of the doubt. It refuses to fill in the unknowns with negative assumptions. And when our worst hopes are proven to be true, love makes every effort to deal with them and move forward. As much as possible, love focuses on the positive." - Stephen Kendrick, The Love Dare
Am I the only one that sometimes tends to assume the worst in people? Ok. Maybe it’s actually more than sometimes.
Too often I play the victim card and vent about people that make me less than happy.
When someone hurts my feeling, I’m tempted to retaliate. Hurt people hurt people, right?
Good excuse. Here’s the thing, it’s just that – an excuse for bad behavior.
Is that what Jesus expects of me on this adventure?
I’m afraid not.
This is how the Amplified Version of the Bible puts it in 1 Corinthians 13:7:
Love bears all things [regardless of what comes], believes all things [looking for the best in each one], hopes all things [remaining steadfast during difficult times], endures all things [without weakening]. – 1 Corinthians 13:7
I want a love like that.
I want to assume that others have good intentions.
I want to see the best in others.
I want to look for the hope in this world.
Lord, on this #thirstythursday give me more of You and Your love. Help me see others the way You do. Give me Your eyes. Give me Your ears. Give me Your heart.
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