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Splintered Trust

August 10, 2020

August 10, 2020 • Andrew Stevens • READ: PSALM 55

Smiles, charm, Perfect friends Watching you. Your back is turned, Whispering begins. Nasty comments, A chuckle heard. Comments, jibes Grind you down. Burning tears. Thumping heartbeat. Subtle rejections. Trust splintered. When friends badmouth you, the hurt can be so deep that trusting again is challenging. David had the same problem. The first part of Psalm 55 shows how he is deeply troubled, and in verses 13 and 14, he shares the disappointment of his friend’s betrayal. In the midst of this desperation, he goes to God, the only One he can trust. In the same way, Jesus invites us to trust Him no matter what we’re facing. He is trustworthy even when people are not. When your trust has been splintered, go to Jesus, who was betrayed on the cross to bring forgiveness for sin— including gossip and backstabbing—and healing for the harm sin causes. He can direct you to trustworthy people who will show His love for you. Through it all, He will never leave your side. • Cindy Lee • Because we live in a broken world, not everyone can be trusted, and it’s okay to set loving boundaries with untrustworthy people. Can you think of a time when someone broke your trust? • Have you ever gone behind someone’s back? It’s easy to become drawn into a conversation when everyone is backstabbing someone. How can you remove yourself from this situation? • If you’re in the midst of a toxic situation, who are trusted adults you can reach out to? But I will call on God, and the Lord will rescue me. Psalm 55:16 (NLT)