“Love believes the best.”
I recently heard a phrase that has stuck to me like glue: Love believes the best. Friends, we’re not doing this. And it’s hurting our relationships, hearts, minds, influence, even our bodies due to the stress of it all.
Being on Facebook these days constantly has me on the defense, tempted to go on the offense. I even have posts saved to my phone telling off half the people on my newsfeed. I’m just being honest. Because of the hurt I feel when I read so many awful things, I’m tempted to use my gift of words to spew hurt right back. I’m not saying that one day I won’t succumb to that temptation. Lord, guard my lips and fingers!!
No one listens to hot tempers. No progress is made in this way and, oftentimes, it is lost.
Thanks be to God, we can be filled with His compassion for those who hurt us. Wow, that’s difficult. But I’d rather be filled with compassion and love than these knots of offense, judgement and accusation.
May I remember that I am set free from having to set everyone else right.
It’s God’s job to convict and my job to pray. Yes, prayer and the leading of the Holy Spirit through that prayer may guide us to difficult conversations with people with whom we disagree. But we will be much more equipped, respected, and heard if we first enter into a posture of humility, submission, and love.
No one listens to a person trying to put them in their place. No one.
Let’s engage in these difficult conversations in a better way. Difficult does not have to mean biting. Difficult does not have to mean accusatory. Difficult is actually loving. Disparaging words, resentment, pride, tempers, and even hate are easy. What’s difficult is love. But the most difficult things in life are often the most fruitful.
Love, no matter how difficult, is infinitely better for our hearts, minds, bodies, relationships, influence, and world. Can you imagine if we all believed that?
Love believes the best. Lord, convict us when we’re seeing the worst! LOVE BELIEVES THE BEST.