As a Noun
A firm belief in the reliability, truth, or ability of someone or something.
Relations have to be built on trust. A relationship built on mutual trust and respect
It is an arrangement whereby a person (a trustee) holds property as its nominal owner for the good of one or more beneficiaries.
“A trust was set up”
As a Verb
Believe in the reliability, truth, or ability of.
eg. I should never have trusted her
From the above definitions and examples of trust we can deduce that trust is a strong believe and faith in someone or something to fulfil a promise or to deliver.
Trust is not something that is tangible and as such trust is an inward disposition which can only be felt through relating with people or something.
For trust to take place or for anyone to get to that level of being trustworthy it has to be earned just like respect. And one way we can do that is by being truthful, free of deceit, honest and sincere at all times, first with ourselves and with other people. Our yes should be yes and no should be no in line with our firm values.
Trust doesn’t just happen overnight. Trust is earned overtime as a result of consistent honesty, integrity and sincere commitment in relationship with people be it in family, friendship, business, office and as well as our walk with God.
You probably must have heard some people saying i don’t trust that person, i don’t trust that company or product. These statements can be as a result of:
- Either such person have not had the opportunity of working or relating with the person, company or using the product in question or;
- It could also be that both parties have had the opportunity of working or relating with each other in time past and one of them did not keep to his/her words, hence those statements.
Trust is so powerful and important that we can not do without it especially for those of us of the household of faith.
That’s why the bible asked: Can two people walk together without agreeing on the direction?
Amos 3:3 NLT
No doubt, God has faith in mankind which is very obvious in His relationship with us. God has so much faith in man to the extent that He gave Satan power over Job to do whatever he pleases but not to kill him. This goes to show the level of God’s trust for Job in vouching for him knowing fully well that Job will not disappoint Him.
Another bible character who God demonstrated His trust for was Abraham in Genesis 18:19:
For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the Lord , to do justice and judgment; that the Lord may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him.
God said that He knows Abraham and that he will instruct his children to go in the way of the Lord. Can you beat that? And to think that this statement was made prior to the birth of Issac just shows the level of trust God had in Abraham.
It’s clear that we can’t walk with a God we do not trust but one thing I have discovered about some of us is not that we do not trust God but rather we lack the patience to walk and wait patiently on Him.
One virtue that was common in Abraham and Job’s life was patience. Their ability to maintain a positive attitude towards God in their time of waiting was key.
Just like Abraham and Job, irrespective of our circumstances in life we should patiently trust in God in our walk with Him. We should trust and be patient with God in good and in bad times.
Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
Ephesians 6:13 KJV
One of the armour of God is faith ( trust) hence from the above verse we can say after you have done all that’s required, you must have the patience to wait on Him. (stand)
The advantage of trusting God patiently is that you will be at peace irrespective of the condition you are in because you know God is in control. God always fulfils His promise concerning those who trust in Him to the very end. Those who trust in the Lord can not be put to shame.
Every word of God is tested and refined [like silver]; He is a shield to those who trust and take refuge in Him.
PROVERBS 30:5 AMP
But those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him] Will gain new strength and renew their power; They will lift up their wings [and rise up close to God] like eagles [rising toward the sun]; They will run and not become weary, They will walk and not grow tired.
ISAIAH 40:31 AMP
When it comes to our relationship with people, trust is very important especially in the family because without trust members of the family will be far apart even while together, they wont be able to defend each other. There won’t be free communication flow. Trust in the family brings about unity and direction of purpose.
Being trustworthy as a business owner or service provider brings about customer loyalty, people will easily talk good of your product or services to other people which will in turn win you more clients and patronage.
You can easily be vouched for when people find you trustworthy, you can be recommended for jobs or contract because they know you will not disappoint them. People can easily confide in you because they know the information will be safe with you.
Reliability is the precondition for trust -Wolfgang Schauble
Some of the dangers of not being trustworthy is that people will not value and respect you. People will find it difficult to associate or do business with you and people will find it difficult to defend you if and when the need arises.
Before us lie two paths – honesty and dishonesty. The shortsighted embark on the dishonest path; the wise on the honest. For the wise know the truth; in helping others we help ourselves; and in hurting others we hurt ourselves. Character overshadows money, and trust rises above fame. Honesty is still the best policy. -Napoleon Hill
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