[September 11]
[Love] believeth all things. I Corinthians 13:7
HAVE I the love that "believeth all things"; that is unwilling to impute evil to another unless forced so to do by indisputable evidences; that would rather believe good than evil about everybody; that would take no pleasure in hearing evil, but would be disposed to resent it? Perfect love is not suspicious, but is, on the contrary, disposed to be trustful. It acts on the principle that it is better, if necessary, to be deceived a hundred times than to go through life soured by a suspicious mind—far better than to accuse or suspect even one person unjustly. This is the merciful disposition, as applied to thoughts, and of it the Master said, "Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy." Z'11-423 R4919:1(Hymn 267)