I Corinthians 13:4-7
I Thessalonians 5:21
I John 4:1
Regarding I Corinthians 13:7, the previous verses say that charity “rejoiceth in the truth” and “thinketh no evil.” Charity believes all things that are pure (not evil) and true, but obviously not evil lies. The following phrase says charity “hopeth all things,” but obviously this refers to only good and godly hopes, not evil ones. Unbelief is condemned by God (Matthew 13:58, Romans 11:20, Revelation 21:8), but obviously this is unbelief regarding God’s Word, not the rejection of Satan’s lies.
Jesus upbraided the disciples because they did not believe when He was risen. 1 When we are in tune with God and have charity the way God wants us to, we naturally believe all that is true and are not skeptical of it. Simultaneously, however, when filled with charity we are skeptical of lies of Satan and reject them. Rejecting lies, as well as believing truth, requires us to have charity which produces godly wisdom.
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- Mark 16:14: “Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen.” ↩