#622 (14/6/22) LOVE ALWAYS TRUSTS
‘Love… always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.’ (1 Corinthians 13:7-8a)
What does it mean that love always trusts? Does it mean that we are to believe whatever someone says to us? Does it mean that we cannot mistrust anyone? Surely not! To trust without judgement is foolish and will lead us into all sorts of trouble. Rather, this is about trusting God. Our desire to keep loving people, particularly those who cause us despair, requires that we have faith in God for them.
DO WE TRUST THAT JESUS IS THE GOOD SHEPHERD?
If we are going to respond to The Parable of the Lost Sheep, that we looked at yesterday, we need to trust in God; why would we go to that lost sheep through persevering prayer, hard conversations and in giving our time to people if we didn’t believe that the Good Shepherd - Jesus- was able to work through our poor efforts? Jesus says of Himself:
“I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me— just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep. I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd.” (John 10:14-16)