Love Believes the Best

1 Corinthians 13:7

Love always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Philippians 4:8

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

There are some people who see a glass as being half full and there are other people who look at the glass and see it as half empty.  Some of this is our natural personality.  Some of this is a result of experiences that we’ve had in life and disappointments that have occurred in our lifetime.

When it comes to love however, we need to be glass-half-full kind of people.  If we expect little of people, what we will get is little in return.  We’ll be disappointed when they fail to reach such low standards that we have set for them and we’ll also be disappointed when they do reach those standards because they are so low in the first place.

There will be times when we are sorely disappointed with people because we expected better of them.  This is the danger in putting people on a pedestal.  When a high profile preacher gets caught in a scandal, many are shocked because they placed so much faith in them.  People will fail us.  This isn’t just making a general statement, this is a guarantee.  We are sinful, fallen people who do not always live like we should.  But that doesn’t mean that we don’t still expect the best from people.

While we are far from perfect, we have a God whose love is perfect.  Love can not only smooth out the rough edges of your loved one but it can help you overlook the faults of your loved one.  So what if they don’t put the dishes in the dishwasher, is this worth an argument over?  Does it matter if they have gained some weight – did you marry a body or a person?

In love, we must always expect that the best will happen.  We must always pray that the best will happen.  Sometimes it won’t but that is not a shortcoming of God or of love in general.  This is an acknowledgement that we live in a sinful world and that we love sinful people.  Still, we must always expect the best from those that we love.  If we expect the best from them, hopefully they will rise to the occasion and deliver.

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