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Assuming​ ​the​ ​best

Let’s​ ​not​ ​hold​ ​any​ ​punches.    Assuming​ ​the​ ​best​ ​is​ ​not​ ​the​ ​same​ ​as​ ​denying​ ​the​ ​truth.     Assuming​ ​the​ ​best​ ​is​ ​accepting​ ​the​ ​facts​ ​about​ ​what​ ​is​ ​happening​ ​or​ ​what​ ​was​ ​done,​ ​and​ ​putting​ ​it​ ​in​ ​a​ ​proper  context.​ ​Instead​ ​of​ ​letting​ ​the​ ​facts​ ​of​ ​what​ ​someone​ ​did​ ​to​ ​us​ ​or​ ​others​ ​become​ ​the​ ​truth,​ ​we​ ​take​ ​those​ ​facts  and​ ​put​ ​them​ ​in​ ​the​ ​highest​ ​of​ ​truth​ ​-​ ​what​ ​God​ ​did​ ​for​ ​them.​ ​We​ ​must​ ​start​ ​there.     Assuming​ ​the​ ​best​ ​reminds​ ​us​ ​that​ ​no​ ​matter​ ​the​ ​offense,​ ​we​ ​need​ ​not​ ​pay​ ​it​ ​back​ ​since​ ​it​ ​was​ ​already​ ​paid​ ​for  by​ ​Christ.​ ​This​ ​goes​ ​for​ ​ourselves​ ​as​ ​well.     Assuming​ ​the​ ​best​ ​is​ ​not​ ​a​ ​cover-up​ ​for​ ​sin​ ​or​ ​offense,​ ​it​ ​is​ ​going​ ​into​ ​a​ ​discussion​ ​about​ ​it​ ​with​ ​an​ ​attitude  towards​ ​the​ ​person​ ​of​ ​love​ ​and​ ​disbelief,​ ​rather​ ​than​ ​of​ ​condemnation​ ​and​ ​disowning.     Assuming​ ​the​ ​best​ ​derives​ ​from​ ​the​ ​same​ ​place​ ​that​ ​expectation​ ​of​ ​vision​ ​comes​ ​from.​ ​Hope​ ​that​ ​there​ ​is  more​ ​than​ ​we​ ​can​ ​even​ ​know​ ​or​ ​imagine.​ ​It​ ​comes​ ​from​ ​the​ ​same​ ​place​ ​as​ ​faith​ ​itself​ ​–​ ​sure​ ​of​ ​what​ ​we​ ​hope  for,​ ​certain​ ​of​ ​what​ ​we​ ​don’t​ ​see.     The​ ​issue​ ​there​ ​is​ ​that​ ​we​ ​are​ ​often​ ​certain​ ​of​ ​what​ ​we​ ​don’t​ ​see​ ​–​ ​certain​ ​of​ ​their​ ​motives​ ​and​ ​why​ ​they​ ​did​ ​it.  And​ ​when​ ​we​ ​are​ ​certain​ ​of​ ​what​ ​we​ ​don’t​ ​see​ ​in​ ​terms​ ​of​ ​offense,​ ​we​ ​build​ ​our​ ​faith​ ​in​ ​someone​ ​around  assuming​ ​the​ ​worst​ ​of​ ​them.​ ​And​ ​we​ ​are​ ​certain​ ​of​ ​that​ ​worse.​ ​We​ ​throw​ ​out​ ​completely​ ​the​ ​hope​ ​we​ ​hope  for.    If​ ​this​ ​is​ ​the​ ​case,​ ​then​ ​maybe​ ​we​ ​must​ ​be​ ​in​ ​control​ ​of​ ​what​ ​we​ ​are​ ​certain​ ​of.​ ​Maybe​ ​hope​ ​should​ ​drive​ ​our  certainty.​ ​Maybe​ ​we​ ​need​ ​to​ ​say​ ​to​ ​ourselves​ ​“I​ ​am​ ​certain​ ​this​ ​is​ ​not​ ​what​ ​they​ ​meant,​ ​or​ ​that​ ​there​ ​is​ ​more  to​ ​it​ ​that​ ​I​ ​don’t​ ​see.”​ ​Rather​ ​than​ ​“I​ ​am​ ​certain​ ​this​ ​is​ ​who​ ​they​ ​are​ ​and​ ​this​ ​is​ ​how​ ​they​ ​feel​ ​about​ ​me.”     Often​ ​when​ ​we​ ​are​ ​certain​ ​without​ ​hope,​ ​we​ ​say​ ​“​ ​I​ ​know​ ​this​ ​is​ ​how​ ​they​ ​are,​ ​therefore​ ​talking​ ​about​ ​it​ ​with  them​ ​is​ ​pointless.”​ ​Rather​ ​than​ ​“I​ ​sure​ ​hope​ ​there​ ​is​ ​more​ ​than​ ​I​ ​know​ ​going​ ​on​ ​and​ ​I​ ​am​ ​certain​ ​I​ ​need​ ​to  talk​ ​with​ ​them.”     When​ ​we​ ​don’t​ ​assume​ ​the​ ​best,​ ​our​ ​reconciliation​ ​and​ ​conversation​ ​is​ ​halted.​ ​The​ ​devil​ ​wins​ ​because​ ​we  begin​ ​to​ ​isolate​ ​and​ ​stay​ ​silent.​ ​Well,​ ​silent​ ​until​ ​we​ ​can​ ​damage​ ​our​ ​leaders,​ ​ourselves,​ ​and​ ​our​ ​church​ ​I​ ​guess.      That’s​ ​the​ ​thing​ ​about​ ​certainty​ ​–​ ​it​ ​eventually​ ​must​ ​be​ ​heard.  So​ ​we​ ​have​ ​to​ ​be​ ​really​ ​careful​ ​what​ ​we​ ​choose​ ​to​ ​be​ ​certain​ ​of.     Friends,​ ​I​ ​am​ ​speaking​ ​to​ ​myself​ ​more​ ​than​ ​I​ ​am​ ​to​ ​you​ ​right​ ​now.​ ​I​ ​cannot​ ​tell​ ​you​ ​how​ ​often​ ​and​ ​how  relevant​ ​this​ ​is​ ​to​ ​me,​ ​even​ ​as​ ​I​ ​write​ ​this.  A​ ​chapter​ ​from​ ​an​ ​unpublished​ ​work​ ​by​ ​Freedom​ ​Noble 


Let’s​ ​back​ ​the​ ​train​ ​up​ ​a​ ​little​ ​bit​ ​and​ ​go​ ​back​ ​to​ ​the​ ​thought​ ​about​ ​expectation​ ​of​ ​vision.​ ​If​ ​assuming​ ​the​ ​best stems​ ​from​ ​the​ ​same​ ​place​ ​as​ ​expectation​ ​of​ ​vision,​ ​then​ ​if​ ​we​ ​lose​ ​the​ ​battle​ ​of​ ​certainty,​ ​what​ ​happens​ ​to  our​ ​vision​ ​for​ ​our​ ​life,​ ​our​ ​church,​ ​and​ ​our​ ​family?​ ​It​ ​begins​ ​to​ ​be​ ​certain​ ​as​ ​well.     Certain​ ​we​ ​must​ ​leave.​ ​Certain​ ​we​ ​must​ ​quit.​ ​certain​ ​we​ ​will​ ​never​ ​be.​ ​Certain​ ​we​ ​will​ ​never​ ​move.​ ​Certain​ ​we  will​ ​never​ ​get.​ ​Certain​ ​we​ ​will​ ​never​ ​feel​ ​joy​ ​again.​ ​Certain​ ​they​ ​don’t​ ​love​ ​me.​ ​Certain​ ​they​ ​don’t​ ​know​ ​me.      Assuming​ ​the​ ​worst​ ​will​ ​always​ ​choke​ ​out​ ​vision​ ​and​ ​stagnate​ ​our​ ​expectation.​ ​It​ ​will​ ​confuse​ ​our​ ​steps.  Reconciliation​ ​is​ ​the​ ​true​ ​lamp​ ​to​ ​our​ ​feet.​ ​David​ ​the​ ​psalmist​ ​often​ ​said​ ​that​ ​God​ ​was​ ​the​ ​lamp​ ​to​ ​his​ ​feet,​ ​or  that​ ​His​ ​word​ ​was​ ​the​ ​guide​ ​to​ ​the​ ​path,​ ​and​ ​if​ ​you​ ​don’t​ ​already​ ​know​ ​–​ ​the​ ​Word​ ​of​ ​God​ ​is​ ​JESUS​ ​–​ ​The  reconciliation​ ​of​ ​God.​ ​Every​ ​drop​ ​of​ ​ink,​ ​chisel​ ​of​ ​stone,​ ​speaking​ ​of​ ​word,​ ​was​ ​for​ ​this​ ​one​ ​point.     Assuming​ ​the​ ​best​ ​then​ ​must​ ​stem​ ​out​ ​of​ ​staying​ ​in​ ​the​ ​reconciled​ ​truth​ ​of​ ​God.​ ​That​ ​we​ ​are​ ​all​ ​offenders  and​ ​we​ ​all​ ​have​ ​been​ ​reconciled,​ ​and​ ​we​ ​all​ ​have​ ​the​ ​ministry​ ​to​ ​reconcile.     Assuming​ ​the​ ​best​ ​demands​ ​that​ ​I​ ​go​ ​to​ ​my​ ​brother​ ​and​ ​expect​ ​to​ ​be​ ​surprised.​ ​That​ ​I​ ​hope​ ​to​ ​be​ ​healed  back​ ​to​ ​them,​ ​and​ ​that​ ​I​ ​am​ ​certain​ ​they​ ​are​ ​greater​ ​than​ ​the​ ​facts​ ​that​ ​have​ ​presented​ ​to​ ​me​ ​(or​ ​have​ ​been  done​ ​to​ ​me).     Assuming​ ​the​ ​best​ ​keeps​ ​our​ ​brothers​ ​and​ ​sisters​ ​away​ ​from​ ​being​ ​our​ ​enemies,​ ​our​ ​leaders​ ​away​ ​from​ ​being  dishonored,​ ​and​ ​ultimately​ ​we​ ​stop​ ​trying​ ​to​ ​make​ ​everyone​ ​“team​ ​satan”.     Because​ ​when​ ​I​ ​try​ ​to​ ​make​ ​everyone​ ​out​ ​to​ ​be​ ​the​ ​bad​ ​guy​ ​–​ ​I​ ​myself​ ​am​ ​running​ ​the​ ​field,​ ​ ​getting​ ​ready​ ​to  score​ ​the​ ​first​ ​touchdown​ ​for​ ​team​ ​satan.​ ​I​ ​have​ ​become​ ​the​ ​great​ ​recruiter​ ​to​ ​his​ ​cause​ ​and​ ​the​ ​quarterback  calling​ ​the​ ​plays.​ ​And​ ​he​ ​is​ ​well​ ​pleased​ ​in​ ​me.     Maybe​ ​you​ ​don’t​ ​like​ ​me​ ​talking​ ​about​ ​satan.​ ​That’s​ ​ok.​ ​Assume​ ​the​ ​best​ ​about​ ​me​ ​that​ ​I​ ​only​ ​do​ ​so​ ​to​ ​drive  home​ ​the​ ​truth​ ​that​ ​we​ ​end​ ​up​ ​creating​ ​the​ ​pain​ ​we​ ​feel.​ ​Hurt​ ​people​ ​hurt​ ​people.​ ​Satan​ ​doesn’t​ ​need​ ​evil  people.​ ​He​ ​needs​ ​broken​ ​people​ ​to​ ​stay​ ​broken.​ ​Hurt​ ​people​ ​to​ ​stay​ ​hurt.​ ​Offended​ ​people​ ​to​ ​stay​ ​offended.  Because​ ​eventually​ ​they​ ​become​ ​certain​ ​in​ ​these​ ​things,​ ​with​ ​no​ ​expectation​ ​to​ ​be​ ​anything​ ​more,​ ​and​ ​no  hope​ ​for​ ​anyone​ ​else.      And​ ​when​ ​we​ ​become​ ​certain,​ ​we​ ​must​ ​speak.​ ​We​ ​must​ ​act.​ ​We​ ​must​ ​hurt.     So​ ​this​ ​seems​ ​bleak.​ ​But​ ​there​ ​is​ ​hope​ ​–​ ​you​ ​can​ ​begin​ ​today​ ​to​ ​assume​ ​the​ ​best.​ ​You​ ​can​ ​begin​ ​today​ ​to  re-write​ ​the​ ​offense​ ​to​ ​no​ ​longer​ ​be​ ​THE​ ​TRUTH,​ ​but​ ​rather​ ​facts​ ​within​ ​a​ ​higher​ ​truth​ ​–​ ​that​ ​we​ ​sometimes  offend.​ ​And​ ​we​ ​sometimes​ ​act​ ​out​ ​of​ ​our​ ​brokenness,​ ​and​ ​that​ ​each​ ​one​ ​of​ ​us​ ​carries​ ​the​ ​mantle​ ​of  reconciliation​ ​with​ ​us.​ ​The​ ​truth​ ​that​ ​we​ ​need​ ​to​ ​have​ ​the​ ​conversation​ ​to​ ​clear​ ​up​ ​the​ ​offense.​ ​That​ ​we​ ​can  say​ ​to​ ​the​ ​mountain​ ​of​ ​offense​ ​“move”​ ​and​ ​it​ ​will​ ​plunge​ ​into​ ​the​ ​sea.​ ​And​ ​if​ ​grace​ ​is​ ​an​ ​ocean,​ ​all​ ​our  mountains​ ​are​ ​sinking.     A​ ​chapter​ ​from​ ​an​ ​unpublished​ ​work​ ​by​ ​Freedom​ ​Noble 


It​ ​will​ ​be​ ​hard.​ ​Your​ ​heart​ ​will​ ​rail​ ​within​ ​you.​ ​But​ ​begin​ ​to​ ​separate​ ​the​ ​offense​ ​from​ ​someone’s​ ​character​ ​or history.​ ​Begin​ ​to​ ​count​ ​the​ ​things​ ​that​ ​you​ ​love​ ​about​ ​them,​ ​that​ ​you​ ​believe​ ​about​ ​them​ ​outside​ ​of​ ​the  offenses​ ​and​ ​begin​ ​to​ ​have​ ​hope​ ​again​ ​for​ ​them​ ​and​ ​yourself.     And​ ​watch​ ​faith,​ ​hope​ ​and​ ​love​ ​rise.       For​ ​in​ ​doing​ ​so​ ​three​ ​things​ ​remain:​ ​faith,​ ​hope​ ​and​ ​love.    Let’s​ ​begin​ ​today​ ​to​ ​assume​ ​the​ ​best​ ​about​ ​the​ ​worst​ ​around​ ​us.​ ​Because​ ​in​ ​doing​ ​so​ ​we​ ​become​ ​certain​ ​of  the​ ​hope​ ​for​ ​them​ ​(and​ ​us)​ ​in​ ​Christ​ ​our​ ​Lord​ ​and​ ​Savior.    

A​ ​chapter​ ​from​ ​an​ ​unpublished​ ​work​ ​by​ ​Freedom​ ​Noble

Assuming the best  

An Article written by Pastor Freedom Noble

Assuming the best  

An Article written by Pastor Freedom Noble

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