1 Corinthians 13:7
… believeth all things…(KJV)
…is ever ready to believe the best of every person… (AMP)
…Trusts God always…(MSG)
1 John 4:19 (NIV)
19 We love because he first loved us.
1 John 4:10 (NIV)
10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.
The kind of people who blindly believe anything they’re told usually fall prey to being taken advantage of. They are subject to believing some things that are really off the wall and even dangerous. How can this, then, be included in a love description? Are we to just abandon discretion and simply follow every notion that comes our way?
This, after all, is a chapter that has love as its subject. The things that have been referred to up to this point are all in relation to love and how love sees others. It would be safe to say, then, that the “all things” have to do with love and a perception of others that is based upon something other than just how lovable they are. Where there is a need for belief, there is an assumption that there is a need for faith beyond what is readily observable. The “things”, then, will have a basis for belief that is established on information from a different source than what can be seen.
In Christ we’ve been given an opportunity to experience this kind of love that believes beyond what is presently displayed. We are drawn to Him because of His amazing belief in us to the point that He even laid down His life for us. If it is possible to believe all things that are good in others, there has to be an encounter with this same love. From the reception of this love demonstration will come a foundation upon which to begin building belief in others.
From the Word of God, there is also a means for trusting in someone who may not presently display faithfulness. As we take the same good things He has spoken over us and begin to see others complete in them, we are empowered to believe these “all things” – God things.