Can trust really be rebuilt?

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

A pastor told a story about his teenage son who was dating a girl and was only allowed to see her on certain nights. On one of the nights he wasn’t supposed to see her, the son told his parents he was going over to a friend’s house. Well, mom and dad discovered the truth that the boy had actually gone to visit his girlfriend.

When the son got home, the father took out a fine English tea cup from the cupboard and smashed it on the floor. He told his son that restoring trust between them would be like gluing that cup back together again. The son said it would take too long, to which the father responded, “Well, that’s how hard it is to build trust again.”

So the son spent weeks carefully reconstructing that cup and gluing it back together. Through the process, he learned an important lesson: Trust only takes a single act to break, but often takes much longer to rebuild.

Maybe today you’ve been wronged and someone has broken your trust. Give them the chance to rebuild it. And if you’ve done something to break someone’s trust in you, get to work rebuilding it. While it may take time, trust-building will be a worthwhile endeavor that will restore relationships for the glory of God.


Prayer Challenge

Pray now and ask God to help you rebuild relationships of trust that have been broken in your life.


Questions for Thought

Has someone ever done something that broke your trust in them? How did it make you feel?

When you think about relationships in your life where trust has been broken, how can you be an active agent in rebuilding the trust that was once there?