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Daily Devotional – July 27

 

 I Corinthians 13:4-7 Charity suffereth long, [and] is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; beareth all things, believeth all things,

This does not mean that love is gullible. Believing error is both wrong and dangerous (2 Thes. 2:11,12).  The sense of the verb pisteuo (believes) here is probably that of trusting. 

Love will give the benefit of the doubt.

When you hear a distasteful report concerning a fellow Christian, do you hesitate to believe it until the evidence is overwhelming?  In these times when error is so rampant in the church, we must resist the temptation to be quickly and recklessly suspicious.  We must resist the urge to so quickly judge.  We should strive to be more trusting of our kinsmen in Christ.

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July 27, 2006 - Posted by | Daily Devotional

6 Comments »

  1. Beautiful post Jack. We should strive to be more trusting, indeed; for without this trust how can we ever expect peace among Chrisians? And without peace among Christains, how do ever expect it in the world? This is the kind of love that can change the world.

    Comment by Helen Losse | July 27, 2006 | Reply

  2. Helen, I have all of my I Cor 13 posts already written and ready to go–actually I wrote them before I started posting the first one. It is interesting, though, the timing of these last few. I have a dear friend who is discouraged with other Christians at this time, and we have spoken along this line of late. Christians are by no means perfect, and in a world that grows increasingly busy and more complex, Christians fall victim to the same things the world does. I think that change can be brought about though, when we personally decide to place faith in others, give them the benefit of the doubt–even though it seems they sometimes don’t deserve it. Not expecting change particularly, but being the agent of it.

    This is love/charity.

    God bless!

    -j

    Comment by bereans | July 27, 2006 | Reply

  3. “Faith, hope, and love, and the greatest of these is love.” Without faith, hope is impossible. With out hope, love is impossible. But through love, all things are possible. Just look at Calvary to see how much God loved and loves the world!

    Comment by Helen Losse | July 27, 2006 | Reply

  4. Fantastically put, Helen! (if ‘fantastically’ is a word:)

    -j

    Comment by bereans | July 27, 2006 | Reply

  5. Matthew 16:13-23

    Comment by Brian Reason | July 27, 2006 | Reply

  6. Case in point, Brian!

    -j

    Comment by bereans | July 27, 2006 | Reply


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