Wisdom is being able to distinguish between love and naïveté. I think of two passages:
In the apostle Paul’s classic essay on love in 1 Corinthians 13, he makes this observation, “Love . . . believes all things” (1 Corinthians 13:7). It doesn’t take the savvy believer long to point to Proverbs 14:15 as an offset, “The simple believes everything, but the prudent gives thought to his steps.”
So yes, give the benefit of the doubt, but not when you have good reason to doubt.
I find people generally cautious when it comes to what the Bible teaches concerning salvation. Looked at one way, it sounds like someone saying, “Have I got a deal for you! I’m going to give you something for nothing! In fact I’m going to give you the best something for nothing!” We see such too-good-to-be-true-offers on infomercials all the time and change the channel.
But the Bible’s teaching on salvation, that it is a result of God’s grace alone and necessitates the death and resurrection of Christ, is beyond a too-good-to-be-true offer, it is true.
In one sentence tucked away in the middle of C. S. Lewis’s essay, The Weight of Glory, is this observation,
“A rejection, or in Scripture’s strong language, a crucifixion of the natural self is the passport to everlasting life. Nothing that has not died will be resurrected.”1
The logic is overwhelming. “Nothing that has not died will be resurrected.” The old adage is true, “No one gets out of here alive.” The saying is true spiritually as well as physically.
“Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.” – John 12:24.
- C. S. Lewis. The Weight of Glory and Other Essays (HarperCollins Publishers, Inc., 1976), 172