I want to encourage you today to believe the best of every person.
You will have opportunity to see the faults in others and it’s inevitable that you will be disappointed in the actions (or inaction) of people. It’s especially hard when it’s family or someone you’ve developed a close relationship with, but… [bctt tweet=”Never set your eyes on the faults of man.” via=”no”]
The Bible encourages us to “Set [our] mind on things above, not on things on the earth” (Colossians 3:2). Actually, I might be being too nice by saying the Bible encourages us to do this… actually, this is an instruction, intended for our advantage.
We have to remember God is love. He does not rejoice at iniquity (wrong-doing) but He does look at us through a lens of potential. And that’s what we must do too. None of us have arrived or are where we need to be spiritually, but we’re also not where we used to be. This is the grace and understanding we need to give to others.
I live in a small town and it’s very easy to hear through the grapevine other people’s business. But no matter what I’ve heard, when I see someone I remind myself that they may have had an encounter with God the day before. My life was changed in an instant because of an encounter with God. Life didn’t become easy overnight, but my awareness of life and all it’s potential awakened me to change.
And this is God’s heart toward every person– so give them grace.
“Love bears all things [regardless of what comes], believes all things [looking for the best in each one], hopes all things [remaining steadfast during difficult times], endures all things [without weakening]” (1 Corinthians 13:7, AMP).
I know it can be hard. But instead of judging, getting angry and caught up in sin yourself, why don’t you pray for them to have an encounter with God? Ask God to open the eyes of their understanding. Pray for His goodness and mercy to invade their life.
This is what He did for you and I. This is what God wants for every person. So refuse to judge outwardly. Instead, tap into love. Hurting people hurt people. Let us not be ones that perpetuate the problem, but instead become missionaries of love by praying and believing for their well-being.