It’s no secret that trusting people is hard. Some people are more trusting than others, but overall, fully trusting someone else with practically anything is not the most natural thing for us, as humans, to do. The obvious reason for this is because, unfortunately, our trust is so often broken by others.  

So many times, we find that the source of people’s pain comes as the result of a painful relationship where trust was broken. The ones that hurt the most are the types of relationships that are founded on love and trust, like one between a parent and a child. Even trust broken between deep, life-long friendships can be painful.  

Experiences like these can leave us jaded and feeling like people are simply not trustworthy. It’s hard to pick up the pieces and begin to build trust with others again. Especially for those of us who have experienced several relationships fall apart due to trust being broken.  

Even though the sources of our pain may come from broken relationships, the way we can heal from this brokenness is by experiencing relationships in a new and life-giving way. There are a few ways we can do this that involve not just our relationships with others but also with God.  

Learning that God is Trustworthy

By strengthening our relationship with God, we remind ourselves that even though people may let us down, God won’t. God is trustworthy, and He has reminded us of this time and time again in His word. Hebrews 13:8 reminds us that “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” That is great news for us because the God who loves us will never change! We can trust that no matter where we find ourselves in life, that love will still be with us.  

For more scriptural reminders of who God is, check out our truth statements by clicking here. 

Healthy Relationships

Healthy relationships are another powerful way that we can slowly rebuild trust with both ourselves and others. When we enter into relationships that have healthy boundaries and mutual respect, it’s amazing how truly restorative they can be. No matter what type of relationship it may be, establishing boundaries and practicing clear communication is one way to build trust with one another and keep the relationship healthy. 

God has designed us to be in relationship and community with one another. The love and fruit from those relationships can reflect Him and who He is. When we trust in God to guide us in our relationships moving forward, it’s so beautiful to see what He can do and heal in our hearts! 

As we grow and learn from the broken relationships of our past, we build a stronger foundation for the relationships of our future. No matter how broken and worn out you may be from the disappointment of others, know that Jesus is there to build you back up again and show you what true trust and love look like! Allow Him to bring the right people into your life whose relationships will be the ones to restore you and allow you to trust again. 

Mercy Multiplied exists to provide opportunities for all to experience God’s unconditional love, forgiveness, and life-transforming power. We offer multiple programs and resources online and onsite designed to equip people to live free and stay free in Christ. For more information about the services we offer, click here.  

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