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Does Love Make us Gullible?

From time to time I’ve wondered what the Apostle Paul was thinking when he wrote that love “always believes”— or as some translations put it “always trusts” (1Cor 13:7). Could he possibly be urging the kind of love that believes whatever anyone tells or promises us?

Over the years I’ve tried to take his words at face value– as far as I could.  It’s made sense to me that, as a general rule, treating others the way we want to be treated means giving one another the benefit of the doubt whenever possible.

But then I read that because of the miracles Jesus was doing at Passover, many began to trust in him. But he didn’t trust them… (John 2:23-25).

And, unless I’m missing something, did Paul actually say that love always trusts or believes— other people? Or did he leave us room for a Jesus-like kindness, patience and…. that…trusts and hopes— in God?

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