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LEARNING TO TRUST AGAIN
Part II - Earning Trust Again
On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples
were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus
came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you!" After
he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples
were overjoyed when they saw the Lord. Again Jesus said, "Peace
be with you! As the Father has sent me, l am sending you."
Last week, we looked at this passage and the lifestyle of Jesus
as he freely gave away trust again to the disciples, never
mentioning the betrayal, the denial, the rejection, the running.
He appears to them after His resurrection, and commissions them
for a new day and new beginning. They had destroyed their own
integrity and revealed how untrustworthy they were, but our Lord
with His graciousness and mercy, gave them trust again. Still
they would have to earn it, He would freely give it, but they
would show with their lives that they were earning it back.
In every relationship, there are times where the trust level is
weakened by an act of one of the partners. One will have to give
trust again, the other will have to learn to earn it once more.
Last week, I shared with you about the importance of giving it
again; today, I look at the other aspect of how one may earn it
once more, for both of them are critical. To make any
relationship work there must be trust that is given and,
secondly, trust that is earned, the two go hand-in-hand. I came
across a story the other day about a lady who called over the
telephone, the receiver was picked up, and the lady said, " ...
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