PRAISE & PRAYER PROMPT ••• This morning’s verse is Ephesians 4:25, “Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another.”
This verse is an admonition to trust each other as believers.
To be vulnerable and transparent with one another.
It’s hard to do.
We are broken, damaged people, and we guard our trust fiercely because every one of us knows what it’s like to have our trust betrayed.
And I have to throw this disclaimer in here…
There’s a difference between being transparent and vulnerable versus airing the dirty laundry.
We should feel comfortable with each other to admit we are having challenges in various circumstances.
We don’t have to share overly personal details.
But we’re here, doing this life thing together.
If we can’t trust our brothers and sisters-in-Christ to have our backs, who on earth can we trust?
Now with that said, there’s the Truster and the Trustee (and I’m not talking about inheritance money either).
If we want people to trust us, we have to be reliable Trustees.
We have to ensure discretion, protect privacy, and guard the information that’s entrusted to us.
Allowing someone to be vulnerable to us doesn’t open the door for us to share gossip, veiled as a prayer request, with others.
My first challenge this week is to be vulnerable with another believer.
Admit a struggle and ask for prayer.
My second challenge is to demonstrate trustworthiness to someone by praying for them as promised and protecting their privacy in the process.
Today, as you pray, give praise to God for the church of believers.
Thank Him for designing us as communal beings who need each other’s fellowship and support.
Ask the Holy Spirit to help you be a worthy Trustee and a good Truster.