I Corinthians 13-4-7 4Love endures long and is patient and kind; love never is envious nor boiled over with jealousy, is not boastful or vainglorious, does not display itself haughtily. 5It is not conceited (arrogant and inflated with pride); it is not rude (unmannerly) and does not act unbecomingly. Love (God’s love in us) does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for it is not self-seeking; it is not touchy or fretful or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to it [it pays no attention to a suffered wrong]. 6It does not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness, but rejoices when right and truth prevail. 7Love 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]. 8Love never fails [never fades out or becomes obsolete or comes to an end].
Love is ever ready to believe the best of every person. Notice it doesn’t say, love believes the best of the people it likes or knows really well. No, love is ever ready to believe the best of every one it encounters. This means regardless of past behavior, or whether it is warranted or not, we cannot assume the worst of people. When we think the worst of people, what it comes down to is that we are judging the motives of their heart, and that can be very dangerous. One of the best scriptures about this is found in Matthew 7:1-2 1DO NOT judge and criticize and condemn others, so that you may not be judged and criticized and condemned yourselves. 2For just as you judge and criticize and condemn others, you will be judged and criticized and condemned, and in accordance with the measure you [use to] deal out to others, it will be dealt out again to you. We can’t judge others because we don’t truly know what’s in their heart. In 1 Corinthians 2:11 it says 11For what person perceives (knows and understands) what passes through a man’s thoughts except the man’s own spirit within him? Since there is no way we can know exactly what another person is thinking, or feeling, or the motives of their heart, instead of presuming something negative we should instead think positive and believe the best.
Something I am trying to do when I am tempted to think the worst of someone, is instead to pray for them. I ask God to bless them and change my heart if I am feeling negative. Ephesians 6:18 advises us 18Pray at all times (on every occasion, in every season) in the Spirit, with all [manner of] prayer and entreaty. To that end keep alert and watch with strong purpose and perseverance, interceding in behalf of all the saints (God’s consecrated people). I challenge you to today to believe the best about everyone you come across, and if you are tempted to think something negative, intercede on their behalf.