“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” (Romans 12:1-2/KJV).
Again I am dealing with St. Paul’s statement in 1 Corinthians 13: 7, saying that love “believeth all things”. I am using the verses quoted above to illustrate what the Greek word translated “believeth” might mean.
You may recognise some of these concepts from previous posts. I like to repeat certain things. The subject of “faith” and “trusting” is very important to becoming or being a good Christian.
The Greek word ‘pisteuo’ can take the meaning of ‘to entrust’ or ‘to commit’. In Romans 12:1 we are challenged to give our bodies to God as a living sacrifice. That means we are to give ourselves at his disposal. Of course, before you can give yourself fully to God, you must believe that he loves you and that he desires that which is eternally good for you.
You only have to look at the news to realise that many things people are doing in this world are not good in God’s eyes. Sometimes this is very evident. Often it is not that obvious.
There is a human tendency to adapt to people around us. This is not (altogether) wrong for Christians. Yet it must not be our primary goal. Being a Christian is not about doing things so that everybody around us should be pleased with us. Being a Christian means to be concerned with how God looks at us. This is why Paul challenges us not to be “conformed to this world”.
It is possible to believe in God, yet in some issues to merely follow human customs. It is not necessarily wrong to adhere to how people around us are going about doing things. Yet at times, this may lead us away from our faith in God and our faithfulness to God.
In other words, you may believe God, but you may not believe him in all things. There may be some areas in our lives where we tend not to trust God fully.
Paul goes on to say:”…but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” There is a learning process in Christian living. This has to do with our mental disposition and our way of thinking.
“Piesteuo” is derived from “peitho”, which also can be translated “believe”. It can take the meaning of “to convince”. By analogy it can mean “to pacify” or “to conciliate”. As we go along we may have to bring certain of our views and attitudes in line with our faith in God. Paul speaks of the “renewing of our mind”.
In 1 Corinthians 13 Paul describes love as a goal for every Christian. He also says that love “believeth all things”. Thus a Christian might aim at coming to believe God in everything God is concerned with. This would lead us to ask God about how he is looking at our circumstances, and how he sees our attitudes and opinions.
“Lord God, please teach me to understand how you look at the circumstances of my life. Grant me a fresh awareness for your will in my life. Help me to cling to you in faith! Lord Jesus, you have sacrificed your life for me at the cross of Calvary. Therefore I also want to give all of my life to you! Amen.”
(All references to Greek meanings are derived from the dictionary attached to Strong’s Concordance)