So, what does this really mean? Again, I was smacked in the head with ways that I need to love better in this very area. Love means believing a person is innocent until they prove that they are guilty. Recently our son let us down by not being truthful. Unfortunately, I'm the type of person that will immediately shut down once my trust has been broken. Rather than get hurt again, I'll just remove myself from that person. Now, I didn't do this with my son, but I did have a hard time (and still do at times) believing anything that he was telling me. This is not love. The loving thing would have been allowing him to earn my trust again. It's true - people will live up to the expectations that you have for them. If you believe they are a liar, they will eventually get tired of telling the truth when no one believes them and revert to lying. But, if I set my standards high and show my son how much truth is valued, he will (hopefully!) want to tell the truth.
But I believe the biggest way that we can love by trusting is how we show love towards our Savior. We have to trust that His ways are far better than our ways. As I was perusing Pinterest, I came across this quote and I thought it was too perfect not to share.
and with my song I praise him.
I hope you'll come back tomorrow for love always hopes!