TRUST IS A GIFT BY PASTOR CHRIS OYAKHILOME.
Love isn’t selfish or quick tempered. It doesn’t keep a record of wrongs that others do. Love rejoices in the truth, but not in evil. Love is always supportive, loyal, hopeful, and trusting. 1 Corinthians 13:5-7 CEV
Just right after I said to someone once “Trust is not just given to you; you earn it,” the Spirit of God interrupted me and said, “No, son, you’re wrong. You don’t earn trust; trust is a gift.” I was surprised because, prior to that time, I thought trust was earned. But here was God saying no man could earn trust. The Lord then guided me through the Scriptures and I saw things I didn’t realize and came to the conclusion that trust was indeed a gift as He had taught me.
No man in himself deserves to be trusted no matter how trustworthy he seems. If you’re honest to yourself, you’ll discover that even you are not totally trustworthy. For example there may have been times when you said you were going to pray for someone, and you didn’t. What if that one’s life for whom you were to pray depended solely on your prayers at that time? But God, nevertheless, has chosen to trust you with the Gospel (2 Corinthians 5:18).
The Bible says the glorious Gospel of the blessed God has been committed unto our trust (1 Timothy 1:11), not because we earned it but because God chose to trust us to take His message of salvation to the ends of the earth. When I think about this, I’m touched by the love of God. He paid such a price for our salvation by sending His Son to die, and after wards committed the Gospel into the hands of men and women who didn’t deserve to be trusted. Nevertheless He counted us faithful, and entrusted us with the Gospel, why? It’s because trust is a gift!
This is something that friends, co-workers, and spouses need to learn. People don’t qualify for your trust. You trust them because you love them and you expect the best of them. The man who can trust another is greater than the one he trusts, because trust helps him gain a level of faith to make provisions for the errors of others.
Those who can’t trust others are men of small minds. When you begin to see the way God sees, you’ll start learning to trust people and not rate them according to who they are and what they do (2 Corinthians 5:16), but according to your expectation of them.
Luke 22:31-34 And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren. And he said unto him, Lord, I am ready to go with thee, both into prison, and to death. And he said, I tell thee, Peter, the cock shall not crow this day, before that thou shalt thrice deny that thou knowest me.
Matthew 16:17-19 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.