Summary: Love believes the best in everyone
LOVE ALWAYS BELIEVE THE BEST OF EVERYONE
1 Cor 13:7 NLT Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.
1 Cor. 13:7 AMP Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is ever ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, and it endures everything [without weakening].
I. NEVER GIVES UP BECAUSE IT BELIEVES THE BEST ABOUT EVERYONE.
a. BEARS ALL THINGS-endures WITHOUT DIVULGING TO THE WORLD it’s distress. It literally means to hold fast like a water tight vessel. We can literally float along on the bad things people do to us if we continue to love them.
b. How can that be so?
i. It’s not loving them the way HUMANS LOVE…It is loving the way God loves….Don’t confuse this with HOW YOU FEEL because you will feel a range of things over time.
ii. God’s love is always ready to better someone else no matter what they’ve done to it.
c. It will believe the best of everyone-unsuspiciously believes all that is not palpably (obviously) false. All that is can with a good conscience believe to the credit of another. It hopes what is good of another, even when others have ceased to hope.
d. It’s amazing to me how many people are ready to give up on someone else, especially OTHER Christians. This definition we just read says that we believe in other people, FOR GOOD, even when it’s not obvious. WE BELIEVE IN THE GOOD UNTIL WE KNOW IT’S NOT. We don’t jump on the assumption band wagon. We don’t lean towards believing the bad in people. WE BELIEVE THE BEST UNTIL WE KNOW THE WORST.
i. WE NEED TO GIVE PEOPLE THE BENEFIT OF THE DOUBT INSTEAD OF ALWAYS THINKING THEY MEANT THINGS THE BAD WAY.
e. You know anyone who is trying to get something on everyone
i. It’s almost like a back up, because they know they are going to do something horrible, so they gain ammunition by believing the worst, so that when they bad comes, they can retaliate.
ii. They will seek council with other gossipers who will add to what they think and add fuel to that fire.
f. GOD IS EVERY READY TO BELIEVE THE BEST ABOUT YOU EVEN WHEN YOU DO STUFF THAT SHOWS YOU ARE BAD. GOD STILL BELIEVES YOU CAN BE BETTER.
g. YOUR FLESH WILL NEVER WANT TO DO THIS! But if you are always believing the worst about people you come in contact with, people you work with, go to church with, have in your family, you are NOT being spiritual in fact you are believing out of your flesh.
i. When someone else starts talking, and they don’t know anything, about what someone else has done, YOU NEED TO REFUSE TO BELIEVE IT UNTIL IT’S PROVEN OTHERWISE.
ii. It should break your heart when your beliefs are disproven.
h. If you choose to get on that bandwagon before everything has come to light so you can say, “I knew they were like that”; YOU ARE HINDERING YOURE OWN WALKD WITH GOD.
i. When we criticize, gossip, and spread our flesh driven thoughts about other people TO other people and we don’t believe the best in them, we are contributing to someone else’s downfall and thus SOWING SEEDS FOR IT TO HAPPEN TO YOU!
II. LOVE NEVER FAILS
a. 1 Cor 13:8 8 Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away.
b. 1 Cor 13:8 Love never fails [never fades out or becomes obsolete or comes to an end]. As for prophecy ([d]the gift of interpreting the divine will and purpose), it will be fulfilled and pass away; as for tongues, they will be destroyed and cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away [it will lose its value and be superseded by truth]
c. It is impossible to act this way towards people and have this attitude towards people and NOT have a tremendous GODLY harvest of anointing, gifting, blessing, and fruit in your life.
d. YOU ARE NOT A SUCKER YOU WILL WALK IN BLESSING.
e. Never fails means it is to NEVER be out of use, and always hold in place-Fail means to not function anymore.
i. Even when we know the worst…we can still believe the best WILL happen
ii. FOR US…GOD HONORS AND REWARDS THAT!
f. YOU ARE IN CHARGE OF THE HARVEST THAT COMES INTO YOUR LIFE and one SURE FIRE WAY to have the life, spiritually, that you want is to sow the guaranteed seeds of LOVE because they will ALWAYS bring more of God into your life.