Love bears all things, believes all things . . . . - 1 Corinthians 13:7 NASB
I like the New Living Translation of “believes all things”: “Love never loses faith.”
It’s my belief that everyone needs someone to believe in him. I know that the Bible teaches, and I often write about, our need to trust in the Lord and not be dependent on the approval of others. That’s true. Still, I’ve observed that it’s a rare person who goes far in life if he doesn’t have someone who believes in him when he has trouble believing in himself.
I can trace my call into ministry, or at least the confirmation of that call, to the exact moment a man I looked up to told me he thought I would be a great pastor. His faith in me gave me the confidence to proceed down the scary path to which God was calling me.
I can’t begin to count the number of times when, as a young Christian, I was deeply discouraged and felt like giving up. I had a particular friend in whom I could confide. He never seemed to get tired of my need for encouragement, and as today’s scripture says, “He never lost faith in me.”
As time went on, Roz became the person who stood by me, encouraged me, and never lost faith in me. No one knows me better than Roz, and no one has seen me at my worst more often than she has, but she’s a wise woman who lovingly builds up her husband and never stops believing in him. As a result, much of who I have become I owe to her.
I’ve had a lot of successes in my life, but one of the things I am most proud of is that Roz and I have believed in people–believed they could be great Christians–when they had themselves lost all such hope. I’m thinking right now of people who are faithfully following Christ to this day, even though they had once given up. Why? Because God used Roz and me to love them enough to “never lose faith” in them.
Tom Short Campus Ministries
One-Year Bible Reading
2 Corinthians 4:1-12