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“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”

– Philippians 4:8

One of the most prudent things you can do in life is to assume the best in people until you are proven wrong. This is the fifth of my seven Biblical world-changing thoughts that I’ve shared with you the past several days. In some cases, people assume the worst until proven otherwise. This isn’t a good way to go about living your life. Everyone deserves respect until they lose it. Until people prove you wrong, assume the best about them.

Researchers Robert E. Kleck and Angelo Strenta conducted an interesting study on this subject in 1980. During one aspect of the study, college students were given fake scars on their faces to see if they received prejudice and discrimination when they went out into the world. Just before they ventured out, the makeup artist would say, “I just need to touch up the scar a little bit, to make it look as real as possible.” In reality, they just cleaned the person’s face and made them look normal by removing the scar without their knowledge. When those who believed they had scars on their faces interacted with others, what did they report back? They reported prejudice and terrible things people said about them, which illustrates the phenomenon of perceiving a relationship between variables even when no such relationship exists.

Friend, the lesson here is that what we carry into the world, what we think people see in us, is usually fake. What we put out there is what we get back. As you partner with Jesus, you can transform your world by changing your thoughts. When you change the way you think about people, what also changes is the way they behave toward you.  

Prayer


Father, help me see people through your eyes and assume the best in them.

Reflection


When you encounter people, do you assume the worst or the best?

If you’re unable to attend your local church or need some additional weekly inspiration, be sure to tune into Hour of Power every Sunday morning at 11:00 a.m. PT on TBN or watch online at hourofpower.org/episode.  

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One Response

  1. I for one have always thought the best for those I meet and never the worst. Because as a child I learned never to judge a book by it’s cover, so I found out this goes the same with everything I do, even people I meet along the way through life’s journey! This has been a natural adoption in my life, not some thing I need to learn. God said He will put His laws in our minds and write them on our hearts. As it is written so it was done, but the devil tries to take away what God has done and replace it with questions since the beginning right until the end!

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