Assume the Best

Assume the Best

“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

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Assume the Best

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” – 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 Yesterday we talked about how eliminating dark humor from our lives can help as we seek to live from a place of grace and forgiveness. Today, I want to share with you a fourth thing you can do to more easily let go of the “small stuff” others do that annoys you: assume the best. When you know a person’s character or they have crossed you before, it’s easy to assume the worst about them. You think to yourself, I know, she’s jealous. He’s angry. He’s gossiping about

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