How to Believe the Best and Leave the Rest
How to believe the best and leave the rest is something I’ve been wrestling with for a long time, but recently someone believed in me and now I’m a better believer too. In January, God seemed to shine a spotlight on my need to believe better.
I realized believe is more than just a word, it’s a verb. Verbs are action words. God not only nudged me to believe better in Him, but also in those around me—including myself.
The Webster dictionary says believe is to regard, trust, and suppose something is true. When we choose to believe in someone, we’re putting our faith in them. How can I trust in another fallible human being when I often struggle to totally trust our infallible God?
1 Corinthians 13: 7 KJV says this about love:
Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
How am I supposed to believe the best and leave the rest when people—especially I—fail so often?
1 John 4:8 KJV says:
He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
We don’t have a choice in the matter if we’re claiming to be followers of Jesus Christ; read and see we must believe for love “believeth all things.”
How is this possible? How do we manage it?
Believing is not optional with God.
Hebrews 11:6 KJV says:
But without faith it is impossible to please him…
The mandate to believe has been with us from the beginning.
Genesis 15:6 KJV says:
And he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness.
Studies have shown that when we believe in someone, that person tends to live up to or outperform our expectations of them. Recently, I worked with an editor on a project that she believed in. She also believed in my story. Her faith in me propelled the process and resulted in a mutually satisfying outcome. It’s not that I wasn’t required to make edits and revisions, but her belief in my ability motivated me to follow her guidance cheerfully and expectantly.
Believing the best in those around us brings out the best in them.
Did you know God believes in us?
He has revision and edit plans for our life stories. If we trust Him, they’ll be performed in us. If we trust Him—if we believe in Him—we will be granted the desire and the power to believe in those around us.
Romans 15:13 KJV says:
Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing,
that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.
The power for how to believe the best and leave the rest comes from God.
Is there someone in your life God is nudging you to believe the best in?