LOVE ME; YOU DON’T HAVE TO TRUST ME

Hey friends, how are you doing today? First, thank you to all, who participated in the Blog Party.  I have read all the comments and have visited all the blogs.  Of course, some of us already have a ‘relationship’, and it was truly wonderful ‘meeting’ some of you.  How was your weekend? I had a wonderful time over the weekend, primarily because the weather was fantastic.  This is February, people, FEBRUARY! Yet it felt like spring was in the air, even the birds were chirping and literally vying for space on the still leafless trees.

Last winter, it seemed as if, we completely missed spring altogether, because it came so late.  But, please, please, please Lord, I pray that it comes sooner rather than later. Monday, the sun was out in all its glory with a temperature approaching 60°. Need I remind you, that this is February.  I am loved; LOVED, by the God of Universe.  He loves me, oh how He absolutely, unconditionally, unwaveringly, unfailingly loves little, ‘ole me.  Do you know you are loved too? But I think I will take a minute to bask in His love.  

It’s easy to believe in the love of God, on days like these; sunny, bright, warm, beautiful days.  But when one cold and snowy day matches into another and then another, and still another, smiles are a little bit harder to find. On days like these, I hurdle very closely in the Word of God and remind myself with family, friends and music, that I am loved by the God of the universe, even though I may not FEEL it.    

Did you know that trust isn’t a component of love? Love requires absolutely nothing from the next person. True love loves freely. It does not come with limits, nor obligations, not even responsibilities; it needs nothing from us. Love simply loves, just because, even if and in spite of; love loves.  Love loves because we are created in His image, love says we are worthy of love just because we exist. Love doesn’t care whether we break our promises, love says it doesn’t matter if we commit the most heinous offense.  Love is impartial, it shows no preference for the prettier and younger, or the taller and thinner. Love isn’t selective. Love says we do not have to do, we just have to be! 

 On the other hand, trust requires that we do.   Trust says, I must keep my word, I must be a woman of my word, my yea must be yea and my nay must be nay.  Trust is built on time and has layers.  Trust requires knowledge of the next person. It requires an intimate relationship. According to trusty (yep, I did it) Google, Trust is defined as – to have confidence, faith or hope in someone or something.  Trust can also have limits; so far and no further.  Trust can be lost, and it can also be gained.  It is flexible and if bent too far, it can be broken.  It is rare for a person to be trusted completely, in all matters. 

I am rarely on time for anything, but sometimes, I arrive with 10 minutes to spare. I may or may not be on time.  I have been known to break my word at times. Sometimes, it was beyond my control but other times, I chose to prioritize something else completely.  Don’t worry, I’ve lived long enough to know, that’s true for all humans.  We can be trusted in some things, but unfortunately not in everything.  

Until recently, I thought I needed to trust you, in order to love you. But the truth is trust isn’t a part of love.  The Lord requires that I love my enemies. There is a reason for the enmity, right? It certainly wouldn’t be wise to place my trust in someone, who is obviously hostile toward me.  But love them , I must, because obedience to the Word of God is exactly what I’ve been called to do, as a Christian.  They deserve my love, because they are created in the image of the Holy, Righteous and Good God, just like I am.  Love is free from me to you. However, trust isn’t free.  It demands obligations and responsibilities from the person, in whom I’ve placed my trust.  Love doesn’t need time, but trust does.  Love tells me, I need to surrender, and I may even need to offer a few sacrifices.  Trust, on then hand, places a limit on my sacrifices. You have to be, for me to love you.  You have to do, for me to trust you.  Love has no requirements, whereas trust has a list of requirements.  

I do know SOMEONE that can be trusted completely. He never, no never breaks His Word.  His Word is His bond.  If He says it, it is guaranteed because of His very nature.  He is God.  He can be trusted to always be on time, because He is not limited by time.  He can be trusted to ‘supply all our needs’.  He can be trusted to protect, to provide and to always be present.  He is trustworthy in everything.  He cannot fail, it’s not part of His perfect attributes, failure simply isn’t an option. 

Go ahead, love me, my friends; you don’t have to trust me. 

Is there someone you trust completely? Apart from the Lord, is it possible to trust someone completely?

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  1. Hey! Just wanted to let you know- I discovered your blog through the blog Jesusluvsall, and I wanted to say- you have a gorgeous website, and your posts are very encouraging for me as a Christian. Thank you so much for posting, you are an excellent writer, and keep up the good work!

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  2. Excellent post Brenda! I hadn’t even considered the whole trust thing. That was eye-opening. My husband is the one person that I think I probably completely trust. His word is very dependable. It is because of him, that I was able to see how so very trustworthy God is. I was like: He’s just a man, and he doesn’t break his work. How much more God?!

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  3. Love to read your encouraging posts. May God bless you and your family.

    Beautiful…well-written…encouraging! I love the distinction…so much takeaway. Great insights my dear sister.

    If I only get this last chance to tell you one thing it’s this, you are truly an inspiration to me. I am blessed and inspired each time I read your blog post. I pray God’s grace and love flood your life today and always

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  4. This certainly made me think! Wow! This is so true. We don’t have to trust someone to love them. I have a situation like that in my life. I love him but I don’t trust him completely based on past mistakes he made and past betrayals. And, no, I don’t think you can fully trust anyone because humans have free will and that means humans will be unpredictable. They won’t always do what we expect, even if they do so the majority of the time. We can, I guess you might say – trust someone “almost completely.”

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    1. 😁I know exactly how you feel. Recently I had to a analyze my feelings toward a person in my life. I believed I loved them, but certainly didn’t trust them, but I thought the two had to go together, until I could not find scripture to support this idea. Thank God

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      1. This post truly did help me with this. I’m not even kidding or just being polite. It made me think so hard about what I’ve struggled with for seven years. Trust him? No…not completely. Love him? Against my better judgment sometimes, I do.

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  5. You make an important point and distinction, and you are absolutely right. I love how you explain it all. We are to love even our enemies, yet they are not to be trusted. Love is separate. We base our actions and responses upon both love and trust/distrust. Jesus was wise that way; that’s why He admonished His disciples, “Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.” (Mt 10.16)

    May I just add, you are looking great – full of vitality and joy!

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