READ: Matthew 5:33-37
- The heart of Jesus’ teaching is to internalize truth-telling. In other words, we should live and speak in such a way that we don’t need oaths to give our words credibility. Instead, we are considered trustworthy people. We have nothing greater to offer than ourselves. That reputation of being trustworthy is because we live truthful lives. Our words and actions match. As one man says, “we live nakedly on our own integrity.”
- The more open we are with (select) others, the greater the depth of our relationships. When we can be vulnerable, transparent, then we can have trusting relationships. It’s there that we can have honest interactions that confronts as well as encourages. When people develop honest relationships, they grow affectionate relationships—they learn to like each other as well as trust each other.
- The Jewish philosopher, Philo, declared that an honorable man’s word should be as truthful as any oath. In other words, “My word is my bond,” should be true. It behooves us to cultivate the quality of trustworthiness. We should do whatever we have to do to show people that we are people of our word. If that isn’t true of us as Christians, then everything we have to say to people falls on ears we have caused to become deaf.
- How does a person cultivate the quality of being trustworthy?
- Identify the key characteristics you see in trustworthy people.
- How can you teach those qualities to others?
PRAY: Thank God for the trustworthy people in your life. Pray that you are becoming more and more trustworthy, yourself. Ask God to help us develop a Connect Group ministry that produces honest, transparent relationships.