Friday, April 20th, 2018
Love... Always Trusts
Your eye is a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is good, your whole body is filled with light.
Matthew 6:22 (NLT)
Without faith it is impossible to please God
Hebrews 11:6 (NIV)
When 1 Corinthians 13:7 says love always trusts (NIV), believes all things (NKJV) or never loses faith (NLT), I wondered if God was referring to the naive love of a child. Because He says we must become like little children to enter His kingdom.
But God also say to 'Test all things; hold fast to what is good' (1 Thessalonians 5:21, NKJV), 'That we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ' (Ephesians 4:13, NLT).
Perhaps trusting love refers to 3 things:*
1) Trusting God and His Word in all things, no matter what.
2) Trusting God's love for us in all things, no matter what.
3) Trusting the good in others, as much as possible: looking for the best, focusing on their strengths and remembering their virtues.
Because not trusting the good in others is fault-finding: a temptation, a distraction and a destruction.
3a) Fault-finding is an evil eye, tempting us to evil judgments, which serve Satan's purposes--not God's.
3b) Criticizing others distracts us from necessary self-examination, godly repentance and doing good.**
3c) Dream-hating and pessimism can ruin both another person's destiny and our own.***
Therefore, we love.
## Love Series: Love Always Trusts (Part 21)
* Two Bible Commentaries on 1 Corinthians 13:7, specifically related to Love Always Trusts, a.k.a. 'Believeth all things.' http://biblehub.com/commentaries/1_corinthians/13-7.htm
#1) 'Believeth all things--The whole scope of the connection and the argument here requires us to understand this of the conduct of others. It cannot mean, that the man who is under the influence of love is a man of "universal credulity;" that he makes no discrimination in regard to things to be believed; and is as prone to believe a falsehood as the truth; or that he is at no pains to inquire what is true and what is false, what is right and what is wrong. But it must mean, that in regard to the conduct of others, there is a disposition to put the best construction on it; to believe that they may be actuated by good motives, and that they intend no injury; and that there is a willingness to suppose, as far as can be, that what is done is done consistently with friendship, good feeling, and virtue. Love produces this, because it rejoices in the happiness and virtue of others, and will not believe the contrary except on irrefragable evidence (Barnes Notes on the Bible). http://biblehub.com/commentaries/1_corinthians/13-7.htm
#2) 'Believeth all things; that are to be believed, all that God says in his word, all his truths, and all his promises; and even sometimes in hope against hope, as Abraham did, relying upon the power, faithfulness, and other perfections of God; though such a man will not believe every spirit, every preacher and teacher, nor any but such as agree with the Scriptures of truth, the standard of faith and practice; nor will he believe every word of man, which is the character of a weak and foolish man; indeed, a man of charity or love is willing to believe all the good things reported of men; he is very credulous of such things, and is unwilling to believe ill reports of persons, or any ill of men; unless it is open and glaring, and is well supported, and there is full evidence of it; he is very incredulous in this respect' (Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible). http://biblehub.com/commentaries/1_corinthians/13-7.htm
** Matthew 7:3-5 (NIV): https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+7%3A3-5&version=NIV
*** Matthew 5:22 (NLT): https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=mat5:22&version=NLT
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Love series.