There is tremendous power in believing in others! When someone genuinely cares and believes in you, you excel. Several years ago a case study was conducted in a school. At the beginning of the school year, two third grade teachers were told crucial information about the class they would teach. One was told the students were average. The other teacher had students who tested way above average. At the end of the year, the average students scored average and the advanced students, above average. However, both teachers had been lied to! It was actually just the opposite. But the teachers expected from their students what they believed to be true about them. The teacher with “average” students actually had students who tested above average but by the end of the year, they tested average! The point of the study and the point of life is this: how people respond to you is often based on what you believe about them.
Paul believed in the Christians in Rome. Why? Because they were authentic followers of Christ. Paul put a “10” on their foreheads. He spoke to them “boldly” because he believed in them so strongly. Who believed in you? Who encourages you and speaks words of confidence and challenge into your heart? Better yet, who do you believe in?
“And concerning you, my brethren, I myself also am convinced that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge and able also to admonish one another. But I have written very boldly to you on some points so as to remind you again, because of the grace that was given me from God,” Romans 15:14-15 NASB