What do you do when someone betrays your trust?
When you have confided in someone only to find out, they did not hold up their end of the deal.
A flood of emotions enter. Anger. Resentment. Vulnerable. Disappointment. Betrayed. Shocked. Regret that I trusted.
It makes you want to not open up or share again.
A broken promise means a broken trust and relationship. Trust and respect are the basics in any relationship. When this is broken, the relationship is fractured. A promise only has real value if it is tied with commitment, faithfulness and perseverance.
1 John 2:5 - But who so keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.
Life is challenging. People in life WILL break their promises. And, yes, as much as I try, I will even fall short in keeping some of my own promises to others.
Christian friendships are held to an even higher standard. These friends have a unique relationship with one another. Coming to Christ and accepting Him as Lord and Savior changes our relationship with Him and consequently with one another. Yet, we will STILL disappoint one another.
The good news...
I'm reminded that God is ALWAYS faithful and ALWAYS keeps His promises.
He puts a rainbow in the sky as a promise to never again destroy the earth with a flood. He gave Abraham's descendants the land of Canaan. He sent a Savior, Jesus; He sent the Holy Spirit. And The list of promises goes on and on.
“The Lis trustworthy in all he promises and faithful in all he does.” Psalm 145:13b (NIV)
We may fall short, but He NEVER fails! Relationships are messy but taking the risk, stretching yourself and allowing God to grow you through every mess is worth it!