“Love means never having to say you’re sorry,” was perhaps the most histrionic (and most quoted) line delivered in any movie during the 1970’s. Another overly sentimental phenomenon from that era was a comic strip called “Love is…” It featured cupidesque couple extolling the virtues of love with silly captions like, “Love is …carving your initials on a tree.” Or “Love is…being kinda ‘corny.'” And my personal favorite was, “Love is…remembering to replace the toothpaste cap.”
We know that love is a desirable commodity-everyone loves to be in love. But what defines love? Certainly not the “Love is…”definitions. And sometimes you do have to say you’re sorry more times than is comfortable! I would suggest that the most important component of true love is that you trust the one you love. You can have confidence in who the person is and what the person says and does.
I decided to do an experiment by having my friends tell me what they think trust is. I asked several people whom I trust these questions: How would you define the word “trust”? When you think of someone who is trustworthy, what qualities or characteristics does he or she possess? Can you list other words used interchangeably with the word “trust”?
With these inquiries in mind, I challenged them to complete the following sentence: “Trust is …” Their answers were insightful”:
Trust is…being confident that what someone else says is true. – Terri Shinn
Trust is…being totally vulnerable with another person. -Dick DeBeck
Trust is …being totally confident expectation of promises fulfilled – Skip Heitzig
Trust is …earned. -.Penny Pierce Rose
Trust…believes that someone is as concerned about you and your safety as you are – Suzanne Friesner
While one friend was attempting to define trust, her teenaged daughter, Kylee, who was eavesdropping in the background, interrupted. She blurted out, “Trust is faith!”
“That’s it!” I exclaimed. “Biblically, ‘faith’ and ‘trust’ are synonymous. These concepts are inextricably intertwined.” Throughout the Bible, in the overwhelming majority of cases, “faith” means “trust” in God. In the Gospels, when Jesus spoke of faith, all except one time the apparent sense of the word was “trust.” The same is true of the apostolic writings. In them, with rare exceptions, the word “trust” precisely fits the context as an alternative to “faith.”
Kylee’s profound insight made me wonder how great men of faith had defined trust. Their answers were enlightening.
“Trust involves letting go and knowing, God will catch you.” – James Dobson
“Trustfulness is based on confidence in God, whose ways I do not understand. If I did, there would be no need for trust.” – Oswald Chambers.
“Faith is not belief without proof, but trust without reservations.” – Elton Trueblood
“Faith is a refusal to panic.” – Martyn Lloyd-Jones
“Faith is not believing that God can, but that God will!”- Abraham Lincoln
Now its your turn. Take a moment to complete the sentence,“Trust is…” Articulating your definition of trust is vital. Why? Because it reveals the depth of your faith by exposing the foundations upon which it is built.
Psalm 37:5 exhorts believers to trust in God. The Old Testament idea of trust conveys much more than confidence, hope or surety in another. It was often used in reference to a city that was secure from attack or impending danger. The cities of Israel could dwell in security from imminent doom or potential danger because God offered to keep them safe, if they trusted solely in Him to protect them. The promise of security was contingent on the nation’s faithfulness to and trust in God. This same guarantee is available to all who put their trust in the Messiah. Therefore, when David exhorted believers to “Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him,” he was implying an unswerving faith in an unstoppable God.