But trust doesn't come easy for us, does it? At one time in our lives we have probably had our heart broken by someone. I would also venture a guess that it hurt - badly.
Betrayal, whether it is marital, business or in a friendship, always does damage. But why?
We have a clue in 1 Cor.13: 6-7 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Trust is rooted in love. While the English language uses the Word, "love" exclusively, we understand that there are different types of love. Classical Greek, the language that the New Testament is written in, uses different words to describe, "love."
For example, "Agape" ( A self sacrificing that does not expect anything in return ) is the love you will find within a marriage. This is different from, "Philo" (a kind of brotherly love) which you will find with a number of friendships.
When trust is broken it isn't just the betrayal of an emotion, it is the destruction of love. We will painfully mourn the loss of love, and of a relationship. We will feel betrayed and alone.
So what can you do to protect yourself from being betrayed? The first step is obvious, don't betray others. This does not mean that someone will not betray you in the future. It simply means that you are not reaping what you are sowing.
PRAY: Dear Jesus, teach me to love others as you have loved me. AMEN
More about trust tomorrow.