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‘IF YOU LOVE SOMEONE YOU WILL…ALWAYS BELIEVE IN HIM, ALWAYS EXPECT THE BEST OF HIM.’ 1 CORINTHIANS 13:7 TLB

We rarely discern others accurately. Almost every conclusion we have about them is flawed and based on limited knowledge. We give up too soon because we can’t see what God is looking at. Someone close to you right now has a great future – God has already determined it. In fact, if you knew their potential you would withhold your words of criticism and invest more time and energy into them. Remember Joseph? Don’t make the mistake his brothers made. The person who aggravates the living daylights out of you today, could be the one you turn to for help tomorrow. So keep that in mind and treat them graciously! Look beneath the surface. Appearances can be deceptive. Remember Ruth, the migrant laborer working in the fields for less than minimum wage? She’ll become the wife of Boaz – who owns the fields! In the future she might be signing your paycheck. So when you meet her be sure to leave ‘handfuls [on] purpose’ to bless her (See Ruth 2:16). Take another look at the situation you don’t und…

‘LOVE…IS NOT IRRITABLE OR TOUCHY…’ 1 CORINTHIANS 13:4-5 TLB A ‘yes’ face!

Chuck Swindoll writes, ‘The most significant decision I make each day is my choice of an attitude. When my attitudes are right there’s no barrier too high, no valley too deep, no dream too extreme, no challenge too great for me.’ If you believe that you will take charge of your emotions, begin to focus on what’s good, and reject anything that makes you a petty, bitter person. And your face will say ‘Yes.’ One day President Thomas Jefferson and a group of companions were travelling across the country on horseback. They came to a river that had overflowed its banks because of a recent downpour. The river had washed away the bridge so each rider was forced to cross it on horseback, fighting for his life against the currents. This caused a traveller who was not part of the group to step aside and watch. After several riders had plunged in and made it to the other side, the stranger asked if President Jefferson would carry him across. The President agreed without hesitation. So the man cl…