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Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Is trust idealistic?

Have you ever thought about what complete and total trust is? It's not something we can buy, or even steal. it's something that comes from a deeper relationship with God. Now many people will say that they've been hurt to ever trust someone again, but that's a wrong attitude to take. What's the Bible say about our ability to trust?

Proverbs 29:19-27 "Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe." (v.25)

Sometimes someone says to me: "Isn't it idealistic to expect me to open up to more hurt after I have been let down and betrayed?" My answer is to point them to Jesus. If He can do it, then so can we - providing we depend on His strength and not ours.

Our Lord knows better than anyone what it means to be let down and betrayed. In all the heaped up pain of His passion, few things would have hurt Him more than being betrayed by His disciples.

Did our Lord's experience of Peter's denial cause Him to decide: "Never again will I trust that man"? Come with me to Galilee and let's see. Simon Peter, no doubt feeling a little confused, returns to his career as a fisherman, where Jesus looks for him and puts Himself in a position of being hurt once again. He says to Peter, "Do you love Me?" using the strong Greek word for love - agape. Peter responds, "Yes, Lord; You know that I love You," using the weaker Greek word for love - philia (John 21:1516, NKJV).

How would you feel, do you think, if you had gotten up the courage to say to someone who had already let you down. "Do you love me?" and he or she responded: "Well, I like you." Would you not feel hurt, wounded, perhaps slightly rejected? I think Jesus must have felt most keenly the thrust of Peter's words, yet He did not allow it to deter Him from continuing, even pursuing, the relationship. That's what I mean by vulnerability. That's what I mean by love.

Praying that people get over their pain
Pastor Mike

Join the Band

A musical director was having a lot of trouble with one drummer. He talked and talked and talked with the drummer, but his performance simply didn't improve.
Finally, before the whole orchestra, he said, "When a musician just can't handle his instrument and doesn't improve when given help, they take away the instrument, and give him two sticks, and make him a drummer."

A stage whisper was heard from the percussion section: "And if he can't handle even that, they take away one of his sticks and make him a conductor."


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