From God’s word of wisdom in Proverbs 3:5-7, we are admonished, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil”
Being an authentic person of trustworthiness begins with godly wisdom because the Bible says, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” (Proverb 1:7). And “it’s only a fool who says in his heart. ‘There is no God’ They are corrupt, their deeds are vile; there is no one who does good” (Psalm 14:1). As we continue to develop our theme for the current season on healthy human relationships, each one must desire and aspire to being a trustworthy person. Such a priority value system and lifestyle may not be possible by our own human flesh and wisdom, but by relying on our Creator God through faith in Jesus Christ enabled by His Holy Spirit planted inside of us. Our world is in disarray, disorder and tumult because the heart of man is wicked and desperately evil; we all tend to cook up what we want for ourselves and run with it with little or no thoughtful consideration for others around us. By nature, we are basically selfish desiring what we want for ourselves, whichever way we want it for the sole purpose of gratifying our ego even in close relationships like husband and wife, parent and child, sibling and siblings, even friend to friend. Hence, we tend to suspect each other’s motive and intention, feel jealous and envious of a brother or sister who seems to have what we don’t have instead of being thankful for who we are and what we have by the grace of God. It is not surprising that trust in one another and harmoniously working together seems to be a scarce commodity in our world, even in Christian homes and the church.
It is in light of the above human tendencies that we all need to go outside of our ego to desire true knowledge, understanding and wisdom finding direction for healthy interpersonal relationship. Each one of us must start our new acculturization by putting our faith in God through Jesus Christ because He sets the pace of sacrificial love for us in spite of our shortcomings and sin (Romans 5:8). When we love like God loves us, we become a person of authenticity and great worth who can be trusted. In view of God’s Holy Spirit inside us, we can exhibit genuine characteristics of a trustworthy person as follows: Being honest and transparent; keeping commitment in word and deed, being on time and keeping confidences; avoiding destructive gossip of others and being predictable. A trustworthy person is humble to apologize when they do wrong. Are you a person like that? I pray that becomes our daily desire and lifestyle. Dr. Johnson Omoni