Are you trustworthy? The answer to this question may vary, especially depending on who you ask! As believers, Christ has called us to be consistent and trustworthy. But how can we go about being trusted—what does it really mean to be trustworthy? Gaining trust is a long process, which takes both intentionality and time!
From taking a look at Matthew 5:37 (NIV), where Jesus is forbidding oaths, we can get a good starting point on what Jesus thinks of believers keeping our word: “All you need to say is simply ‘Yes or ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.” This is a strong stance! It’s clear that Jesus wants us to be clear, honest, and trustworthy to others!
While people may be quick to trust, gaining trust after it is lost is a long and often difficult process. People often remember the bad things you have done to them more than the good. This being the case, often trust is twice as hard to regain as it was to acquire in the first place. Forgiveness in these situations is great, but don’t just seek forgiveness, seek to rebuild the trust within the relationship!
In conclusion, we all should aspire to be trusted and honest with everyone we encounter. Gaining and rebuilding trust can be difficult and take plenty of time—but be persistent! Strive to follow Jesus’ examples and teachings of what it truly means to be trustworthy—say what you mean and mean what you say!
Dr. Derek Grier