1 Corinthians 13:7
"Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is ever ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are fadless under all circumstances, and it endures everything."
Do you believe the best in all you meet? Or do you have a tendency to be on the critical side?
Believing the best in people is helpful in the process of forgiveness. This goes hand and hand when someone offends us. As human beings, we tend to be suspicious of others and we often get hurt due to our own imaginations. It is possible to believe someone hurt you on purpose when the truth is they were not even aware they did anything at all, never intending to upset you.
I can remember my early years of adulthood and moving to Florida. Everyone I met seemed different than me. My personality aligned with northern ideals and I had moved many miles south to seek employment. I would meet people at work and think, "We just can't seem to see eye to eye on anything. There people are so sweet, silky in sense that I couldn't trust what they were saying." In reality, none of these thoughts were true! They only existed in my own mind; and my wrong thinking caused a great deal of offense and disagreement with my colleges. This could have been easily prevented with a more positive mind-set.
Over time as I deepened my relationship wit God, I learned the power of believing n the best about people and meditating on the things that were good. As that happened my perception of people changed. I began opening up to the differences in culture realizing everyone was not made the same. At first I had to think these things on purpose, but now I actually feel uncomfortable when I think negative thoughts, and positive thoughts come more naturally because I have disciplined myself to think them.
Of course there are times when people hurt my feelings, but then I remember that I can choose whether to be hurt or to "get over it." I can believe the best or I can believe the worst, so why not believe the best and enjoy my day?
This Week's Meditation:
Teach me to "see the best in everyone."
Help me to meditate each day: "Lord, let me not be negative."
Teach me to be patient and know you will mentor me. Remind me that prayer motivates me.
Meditate on this for several minutes a day. Allow various thoughts to come into your mind. And realize God has you in his arms always.