Isn’t it hard to trust people? There used to be time I would find myself wondering if “that” person on the corner of the street is going to try and steal my car. (I have had several of my friends experience a car jacking) Spending many years in the deep south of Savannah Georgia, crime sprees became a common buzz around the city. Every day you could stand out on the sidewalk and hear the songs of Savannah: Gun shots, sirens, screaming, cursing and yelling mixed with the smell of marsh and the low movement of some classic jazz in the park. Learning to trust a stranger in Savannah took some getting used to.
Today, it’s easier than ever to feel at ease in the Valley because of the low crime rate and the fact that even the drug dealers wave good morning! Trust is a basic human need. Not only for the one being trusted but for the one giving the trust. What does God’s word say about trust? Recently in my rounds with pastors in the area I have discovered a common thread among them that they either feel as though others don’t trust them or that they cannot trust certain people in their lives and in their ‘chxxch’.
When you think of trust, what comes to mind? Well, the first and most important aspect of trust is love. John 15:13 (NLT) 13 And here is how to measure it—the greatest love is shown when people lay down their lives for their friends. So how are we doing? Can people TRUST us to lay down our lives. The funny thing is that when it comes to not holding trust for someone, we forget quickly that we must be trustworthy also. We must be very careful that we give what we expect and not to fall prey when it comes to thinking that we are ahead in the game of love. Romans 12:3 (NLT) 3 As God’s messenger, I give each of you this warning: Be honest in your estimate of yourselves, measuring your value by how much faith God has given you.
In showing love and trust we must first begin to THINK positively about those around us. To be honest, to not think the best in every circumstance is sinful. Philippians 4:8 (NLT) 8 And now, dear brothers and sisters, let me say one more thing as I close this letter. Fix your thoughts on what is true and honorable and right. Think about things that are pure and lovely and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.
So how can we LOVE and TRUST in our hearts when our minds go to the negative. I really think that this is an issue that most Christians struggle with in many areas of life. I know for me as I have journeyed through life in the ‘chxxch’, I have found bitterness, doubt, worry and an attitude of non-trust toward others based soley on past or personal experiences. To hold this type of attitude is a mockery of the Cross of Christ. HE gave Himself for us and we deserved what He received so how dare we pass the judgment of a person’s heart on our righteous standard instead of Christ’s glory!
I think that the only fitting way to deal with this is to FIRST FORGIVE each other. Deal with issues of love and trust as it calls in scripture. Learn to warn (encourage) each other when we see one who is holding an attitude of distrust. 1 Thessalonians 5:14 (NLT) 14 Brothers and sisters, we urge you to warn those who are lazy. Encourage those who are timid. Take tender care of those who are weak. Be patient with everyone. If we don’t deal with these issues in the body, they will consume us.
To close and relate to the title, “I personally recognize a distrusting spirit toward other brothers and sisters in the body as a direct issue of character for ourselves. When we fall into the trap of thinking that always thinking the worse is a plan for holding someone accountable, it’s like saying I was just telling all the goodies so we could all be on the same page when we pray for someone. We best take note of our hearts before the ears of our God are closed and we become deceived.”
1 Corinthians 1:23-25 (NLT) 23 So when we preach that Christ was crucified, the Jews are offended, and the Gentiles say it’s all nonsense. 24 But to those called by God to salvation, both Jews and Gentiles, Christ is the mighty power of God and the wonderful wisdom of God. 25 This “foolish” plan of God is far wiser than the wisest of human plans, and God’s weakness is far stronger than the greatest of human strength.