As we come to the end of our characteristics of relationships, we come to possibly the most important one of all – trust. Our thought for the week comes from Stephen Covey who says

“Trust is the glue of life. It’s the most essential ingredient in effective communication. It’s the foundational principle that holds all relationships.”

It sounds quite extreme, but I agree with it. The one characteristic that is essential for all relationships is trust. Whether it’s a friend, a parent, a teacher, a brother or sister trust is essential. What does trust ensure? Trust means that when we are told things we can know that those things are facts, that they are true.

Trust is the foundation of faith as well, because from that foundation can the remainder of your faith grow. In Paul’s letter to the Romans he says “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Here Paul is suggesting it is from a place of trust that we can be filled with hope and peace from God.

Think about all of your relationships, which ones can you trust the most? Why can you trust them? What is it that grows out of those relationships?

Prayer: father God thank you that you want to be in relationship with us. Help us to reflect you in our relationships and to be trusting to our friends Amen

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