You will let others down. Others will disappoint you too. Though it happens in varying degrees, broken trust is inevitable because we are human.
When it happens, three actions on your part – regardless of the depth of broken trust or your role in it – serves toward the goal of restoration.
1. Trust God – He won’t let you down. Only he is completely trustworthy.
“It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in humans.”
2. Forgive – Trust cannot be rebuilt without forgiveness. Forgiveness is a decision; the feelings come later. There’s also no set number of times to forgive.
“Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, ‘Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?’ Jesus answered, ‘I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.’” (Matthew 18:21-22)
3. Be trustworthy – You cannot control others. You can only control yourself, and even self-control is often difficult. No matter what, choose to be trustworthy.
“Better the poor whose walk is blameless than the rich whose ways are perverse.” (Proverbs 28:6)
Broken trust is painful. Forgiveness does not always make sense. It usually does not make the pain go away right away either. Yet, the Bible tells us forgiveness is the path to take, and God promises to direct us through it all.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart; lean not on your own understanding. In in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)