Cultivating Trust

Practical Steps to Building Trust in Your Relationships

To some degree, women deal with issues related to trust on a daily basis—can I trust the waiter who says I ordered the best thing on the restaurant menu? Can I trust the teacher who said my child is progressing socially? Can I trust my friend to keep my secret? Or can I trust my kids to have good manners when I’m not with them?

What we fail to consider, however, is: am I someone who can be trusted? Do I follow through when I say I will? Am I a friend who can be counted on? Do I give honest and kind feedback?

If you’re hesitating in your mental response or simply desire to cultivate a trustworthy reputation, here are a few practical ways to cultivate trust in your relationships.

The Trustworthy Woman Trusts God First

If you’re having a hard time trusting God, you’ll probably have trust issues with your husband, friends, or kids. Nothing brings peace, confidence, and security to a relationship or any aspect in life like sweet trust and confidence in the Lord alone.

Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.–Proverbs 3:5

But I trusted in thee, O LORD: I said, Thou art my God.—Psalm 31:14

Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.—Psalm 37:5

The Trustworthy Woman Is Totally Sincere

A woman who can be trusted blesses others with her sincerity. She is real. She speaks the truth in love.

For my mouth shall speak truth; and wickedness is an abomination to my lips.—Proverbs 8:7

She does not live a double life. She is honest in her actions.

Pray for us: for we trust we have a good conscience, in all things willing to live honestly.—Hebrews 13:18

A trustworthy woman is forthright in her intentions. She does not manipulate others to work things to her advantage.

The Trustworthy Woman Is a Team Player

In any team sport, you have to trust your teammates. The same is true with your family team or ministry team.

Are you the kind of team member who gives her all? Are you obsessed with who gets the credit? Are you committed to winning as a team? Are you a good cheerleader? Are you loyal?

Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour.—Ecclesiastes 4:9

Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.—1 Peter 5:5

The Trustworthy Woman Is Tenderhearted

Seek to be a compassionate woman who listens without judgment.

Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath.—James 1:19

Seek to be a tenderhearted woman who allows others to finish sharing a problem before you start trying to solve it.

He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him.—Proverbs 18:13

And seek to be quick to forgive and understand.

And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.—Ephesians 4:32

Don’t be a woman plagued with trust issues! Completely trust in God, and from that relationship, seek to build trust with others the Lord has placed in your life.

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