I was reading today's devotional online by Pastor Bobby Schuller (Hour of Power) about believing in others. So often, as a Christian, I am encouraged to increase my faith in our Lord (my believing) and reminded not to put my faith in fallible human beings. There are many Scriptures that warn against that. Yet, we must [and are encouraged to] be supportive and loving by our Lord Jesus. I cannot be supportive and loving without having some faith and trust in those who are to be the objects of it, can I? The issue at hand is what I entrust to my fellow man and what I leave exclusively to the care of my all-powerful Creator. Perhaps the words of Ronald Reagan are appropriate here: "trust, but verify..."
I just watched a really good message from Fr. Cedric called "Forgive and Live." As he pointed out, the Lord's Prayer instructs us to pray "forgive us our sins as we forgive others." Sure, as Christians we all know how much we need forgiveness from God and will even admit sometimes we do others wrong and should ask forgiveness from them. But, what about when people wrong us? Not so easy sometimes to forgive, is it? Perhaps we need to stop and think about the patience God has had for us that has produced the tremendous amount of forgiveness He offers.