Love always trusts…
– 1 Corinthians 13:7 (NIV)
In other translations – “love believes all things”.
Believes – Greek pisteuo = faith, trust, belief. In context it implies that love sees the best in others or gives the other person the benefit of the doubt, choosing to believe the best about them, not the worst…Paul is not saying that love is gullible and believes everything and does not exercise qualities such as wisdom and discernment…love will believe well of others unless convinced otherwise.
When love has no evidence, it believes the best. When the evidence is adverse, it hopes for the best. And when hopes are repeatedly disappointed, it still courageously waits.
-Robertson & Plummer
I’m thankful that my parents trusted me as a teenager; it made me want to live up to that trust. One of my friends had parents who did not trust him, and he lived up to their distrust! Sometimes you will get ripped off when you trust, but love persists in trusting.
– Steven Cole
You will keep in perfect peace
those whose minds are steadfast,
because they trust in You.
Trust in the Lord forever,
for the Lord, the Lord himself, is the Rock eternal.
– Isaiah 26:3,4 (NIV)
People are not always trustworthy.
Instead of mulling over broken trust from the past,
and approaching every person with a leery eye,
may I seek to be trustworthy
and love people with openness,
believing that my God
Who is faithful
will guard my heart
and wants me to trust.
– Susie Stewart
Photo by Nicole Stewart