Good relationships are built by trust. When you don’t trust someone it’s nearly impossible to maintain any kind of relationship with them. You may work with someone or even live with someone that you don’t really trust. You may have some interaction, yes, but you would never say you have a good relationship. And why? Because you do not trust them.
But instead of talking today about the people in our live who we don’t trust, let’s ask ourselves this question: Am I trustworthy? Am I the one that others might say this about, “Don’t ask her to do it. Believe me, it will not get done because they can’t be trusted.” And to be fair there are some people that truly cannot be trusted. But again, my question for you today is, can YOU be trusted?
The Lord is completely trustworthy. Our goal is to be like Him. He has never lied and never will. Jesus said, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life” (John 14:6). He not only speaks truth, He IS truth. Jesus said this about the devil in the second half of John 8:44b: “He was a murderer from the beginning. He has always hated the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, it is consistent with his character, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” Lying is evil and when we lie we are acting like the devil. Please don’t ever make light of lying.
So, what destroys trust? Lies. Many times lying is something we do because we do not have the courage to tell the truth. We are afraid that if we admit that what we did or didn’t do, was wrong, then people won’t trust us. Nothing could be further from the truth! What you did wrong might disappoint someone, yes, but lying over and over again destroy trust others have in you
The Apostle Paul says this to the church at Ephesus, yes to believers in chapter 4 verse 25: “So stop telling lies. Let us tell our neighbors the truth, for we are all parts of the same body.” This is what we need to do. Stop lying. Admit the truth. Then and only then will you be able to build good relationships with others. The Lord will help you. Slowly and steadily you will become someone who can be trusted.
Good relationships are built on trust and with God’s help we can become trustworthy.