Bible Verses About Trust In Relationships
In the previous post, we looked at bible verses about Trusting God. In this post, we are only looking at bible verses that talked about trust in human relationships only.
Who is the person that you trusted the most in this world? What makes you trust that person? Why can't we trust everyone?
The bible has answers to these questions and more.
Let's first take a look at the first relationships that were ever formed.
The First Trusting Relationships
The bible verses below showed us that first man and his wife was created by God. God made the woman, Eve, for Adam so that Adam can have a helper and he will not be alone. God also had a relationship with Adam and commanded him that he is free to eat of every tree in the garden except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, because if he eats it he will die.
27 God created man in his own image. In God’s image he created him; male and female he created them. 28 God blessed them. God said to them, “Be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth, and subdue it. Have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the sky, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” (Genesis 1:27–28)
15 The LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to cultivate and keep it. 16 The LORD God commanded the man, saying, “You may freely eat of every tree of the garden; 17 but you shall not eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil; for in the day that you eat of it, you will surely die.” (Genesis 2:15–17)
18 The LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make him a helper comparable to him.” 19 Out of the ground The LORD God formed every animal of the field, and every bird of the sky, and brought them to the man to see what he would call them. Whatever the man called every living creature became its name. 20 The man gave names to all livestock, and to the birds of the sky, and to every animal of the field; but for man there was not found a helper comparable to him. 21 The LORD God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep. As the man slept, he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh in its place. 22 The LORD God made a woman from the rib which he had taken from the man, and brought her to the man. 23 The man said, “This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh. She will be called ‘woman,’ because she was taken out of Man.” 24 Therefore a man will leave his father and his mother, and will join with his wife, and they will be one flesh. 25 The man and his wife were both naked, and they were not ashamed. (Genesis 2:18–25)
22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, 23 and traded the glory of the incorruptible God for the likeness of an image of corruptible man, and of birds, four-footed animals, and creeping things. 24 Therefore God also gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to uncleanness, that their bodies should be dishonored among themselves; 25 who exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. (Romans 1:22–25)
How The First Relationship Broke
When the serpent deceived Eve, he planted doubts in her about God. Eve, being deceived, took the forbidden fruit, ate it and gave it to her husband to eat too. When that happened, sin and disobedience entered into the rest of humanity and the world (refer to the entire chapter of Genesis 3). The deception that Eve suffered did not discount her sin at all. Adam, blamed it on Eve when God asked him about it, and that did not discount his sin at all. Whenever we sinned or made a bad decision, or disobeyed God, there's no excuse whatsoever that can discount us from it.
As such, the trust between the first man and his wife, and the trust between the first man and God was broken.
1 Now the serpent was more subtle than any animal of the field which The LORD God had made. He said to the woman, “Has God really said, ‘You shall not eat of any tree of the garden’?” 2 The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees of the garden, 3 but not the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden. God has said, ‘You shall not eat of it. You shall not touch it, lest you die.’ ” 4 The serpent said to the woman, “You won’t really die, 5 for God knows that in the day you eat it, your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” 6 When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took some of its fruit, and ate. Then she gave some to her husband with her, and he ate it, too. 7 Their eyes were opened, and they both knew that they were naked. They sewed fig leaves together, and made coverings for themselves. 8 They heard The LORD God’s voice walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of The LORD God among the trees of the garden. 9 The LORD God called to the man, and said to him, “Where are you?” 10 The man said, “I heard your voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; so I hid myself.” 11 God said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?” (Genesis 3:1–11)
But I am afraid that somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve in his craftiness, so your minds might be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. (2 Corinthians 11:3)
Adam wasn’t deceived, but the woman, being deceived, has fallen into disobedience; (1 Timothy 2:14)
Hope For Mankind In Relationships
What hope is there for us? The bible verse below says that everyone had been deceived and living in broken relationships, but Jesus Christ is here to give us hope. Jesus has saved us, washed and renewed us, and that he is able to change us by his grace. As changed and renewed people who are cleansed and forgiven, we can then be made right in relationship with God and also with one another when people stop hurting each other.
3 For we were also once foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving various lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another. 4 But when the kindness of God our Savior and his love toward mankind appeared, 5 not by works of righteousness which we did ourselves, but according to his mercy, he saved us through the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit, 6 whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior; 7 that being justified by his grace, we might be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. (Titus 3:3–7)
Deceit Destroys Trust In Relationships
The following are some bible verses about why deceit is bad.
You will destroy those who speak lies. The LORD abhors the bloodthirsty and deceitful man. (Psalm 5:6)
But the king shall rejoice in God. Everyone who swears by him will praise him, for the mouth of those who speak lies shall be silenced. (Psalm 63:11)
He who practices deceit won’t dwell within my house. He who speaks falsehood won’t be established before my eyes. (Psalm 101:7)
18 Like a madman who shoots torches, arrows, and death, 19 is the man who deceives his neighbor and says, “Am I not joking?” (Proverbs 26:18–19)
If a ruler listens to lies, all of his officials are wicked. (Proverbs 29:12)
and let none of you devise evil in your hearts against his neighbor, and love no false oath; for all these are things that I hate,” says The LORD. (Zechariah 8:17)
1 But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession, 2 and kept back part of the price, his wife also being aware of it, then brought a certain part and laid it at the apostles’ feet. 3 But Peter said, “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and to keep back part of the price of the land? 4 While you kept it, didn’t it remain your own? After it was sold, wasn’t it in your power? How is it that you have conceived this thing in your heart? You haven’t lied to men, but to God.” (Acts 5:1–4)
Why Do We Need Trusting Relationships?
When I was in elementary school, I learned Chinese idioms and sayings, there is one that is ”远亲不如近邻“- or "a relative far away is not better than a close neighbor". My Chinese teacher gave an example of your house on fire, if your house is on fire, you can't ask your far away relative to help you, you need your neighbor to come help you use water to put out the fire. I used to think that has so much wisdom. I never knew until I got older that it came from the bible.
There are plenty of reasons why we all need trusting relationships.
The bible verses below show some benefits of trust in relationships:
- help on the day of disaster
- brings joy to people
- it is a testimony to others about their faith in God
- healing from sins' effects
- sharing of burdens to someone
- reduce anxiety and increase feelings of safety
- good for each other and not harm
- promote mental health wellness
Don’t forsake your friend and your father’s friend. Don’t go to your brother’s house in the day of your disaster. A neighbor who is near is better than a distant brother. (Proverbs 27:10)
46 Day by day, continuing steadfastly with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread at home, they took their food with gladness and singleness of heart, 47 praising God and having favor with all the people. The Lord added to the assembly day by day those who were being saved. (Acts 2:46–47)
16 Confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The insistent prayer of a righteous person is powerfully effective. (James 5:16)
11 The heart of her husband trusts in her. He shall have no lack of gain. 12 She does him good, and not harm, all the days of her life. (Proverbs 31:11–12)
25 Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs it down, but a kind word makes it glad. (Proverbs 12:25)
A friend loves at all times; and a brother is born for adversity. (Proverbs 17:17)
An Example Of A Trusting Friendship
The bible passage below shows a snapshot of the admirable trusting friendship between Jonathan and David. Jonathan who was King Saul's son, was aware of David's rise to power. Instead of being jealous, he loved David as a friend and he supported David's success. Even when Jonathan's father, Saul wanted to kill David, Jonathan did the right thing and warned David to flee. In doing that, Jonathan went against his father's decision so that he could help David escape. Jonathan's faithfulness to his friend David proved to be true in the day of testing. When they have to separate from each other due to the danger of David's life, they both wept and swore an oath to each other that either of them will seek peace between their offsprings forever.
33 Saul cast his spear at him to strike him. By this Jonathan knew that his father was determined to put David to death. 34 So Jonathan arose from the table in fierce anger, and ate no food the second day of the month; for he was grieved for David, because his father had treated him shamefully. 35 In the morning, Jonathan went out into the field at the time appointed with David, and a little boy with him. 36 He said to his boy, “Run, find now the arrows which I shoot.” As the boy ran, he shot an arrow beyond him. 37 When the boy had come to the place of the arrow which Jonathan had shot, Jonathan cried after the boy, and said, “Isn’t the arrow beyond you?” 38 Jonathan cried after the boy, “Go fast! Hurry! Don’t delay!” Jonathan’s boy gathered up the arrows, and came to his master. 39 But the boy didn’t know anything. Only Jonathan and David knew the matter. 40 Jonathan gave his weapons to his boy, and said to him, “Go, carry them to the city.” 41 As soon as the boy was gone, David arose out of the south, and fell on his face to the ground, and bowed himself three times. They kissed one another and wept with one another, and David wept the most. 42 Jonathan said to David, “Go in peace, because we have both sworn in The LORD’s name, saying, ‘The LORD is between me and you, and between my offspring and your offspring, forever.’ ” He arose and departed; and Jonathan went into the city. (1 Samuel 20:33–42)
Man's Sinful Nature Breaks Trust
The following are bible verses that talk about how men had broken trust in relationships. After sin entered the world, mankind hurt each other, lie to each other, deceive each other and betray their friends for gain.
Here is a warning to all of us that broken trust in relationships can be common in life.
Even Jesus, in the bible verse below of John 2:24- did not entrust himself to the people, even when they were believing in him after they saw his works of miracles, because he knew that men have this sinful nature and they can change very easily.
The bible verses toward the end of this box also mentioned that evil men and imposters will get worse and worse.
We just have to be aware of this tendency in men and keep that in mind, so that when we get hurt in relationships due to broken trust, we can understand why that happens.
God is not a man, that he should lie, nor a son of man, that he should repent. Has he said, and he won’t do it? Or has he spoken, and he won’t make it good? (Numbers 23:19)
Yes, you would even cast lots for the fatherless, and make merchandise of your friend. (Job 6:27)
He who denounces his friends for plunder, even the eyes of his children will fail. (Job 17:5)
Everyone lies to his neighbor. They speak with flattering lips, and with a double heart. (Psalm 12:2)
Don’t draw me away with the wicked, with the workers of iniquity who speak peace with their neighbors, but mischief is in their hearts. (Psalm 28:3)
Yes, my own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, who ate bread with me, has lifted up his heel against me. (Psalm 41:9)
12 For it was not an enemy who insulted me, then I could have endured it. Neither was it he who hated me who raised himself up against me, then I would have hidden myself from him. 13 But it was you, a man like me, my companion, and my familiar friend. 14 We took sweet fellowship together. We walked in God’s house with company. 15 Let death come suddenly on them. Let them go down alive into Sheol. For wickedness is among them, in their dwelling. 16 As for me, I will call on God. The LORD will save me. (Psalm 55:12–16)
They fully intend to throw him down from his lofty place. They delight in lies. They bless with their mouth, but they curse inwardly. Selah. (Psalm 62:4)
a false witness who utters lies, and he who sows discord among brothers. (Proverbs 6:19)
For the sin of their mouth, and the words of their lips, let them be caught in their pride, for the curses and lies which they utter. (Psalm 59:12)
The poor person is shunned even by his own neighbor, but the rich person has many friends. (Proverbs 14:20)
A perverse man stirs up strife. A whisperer separates close friends. (Proverbs 16:28)
Wealth adds many friends, but the poor is separated from his friend. (Proverbs 19:4)
Many will entreat the favor of a ruler, and everyone is a friend to a man who gives gifts. (Proverbs 19:6)
All the relatives of the poor shun him; how much more do his friends avoid him! He pursues them with pleas, but they are gone. (Proverbs 19:7)
4 “Everyone beware of his neighbor, and don’t trust in any brother; for every brother will utterly supplant, and every neighbor will go around like a slanderer. 5 Friends deceive each other, and will not speak the truth. They have taught their tongue to speak lies. They weary themselves committing iniquity. (Jeremiah 9:4–5)
14 Then one of the twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests 15 and said, “What are you willing to give me if I deliver him to you?” So they weighed out for him thirty pieces of silver. 16 From that time he sought opportunity to betray him. (Matthew 26:14–16)
23 Now when he was in Jerusalem at the Passover, during the feast, many believed in his name, observing his signs which he did. 24 But Jesus didn’t entrust himself to them, because he knew everyone, 25 and because he didn’t need for anyone to testify concerning man; for he himself knew what was in man. (John 2:23–25)
2 For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 without natural affection, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, fierce, not lovers of good, 4 traitors, headstrong, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 holding a form of godliness but having denied its power. Turn away from these, also. 6 For some of these are people who creep into houses and take captive gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts, 7 always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. (2 Timothy 3:2–7)
But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived. (2 Timothy 3:13)
An Example Of A Betrayal For Gain
Samson was betrayed by Delilah for gain. Samson was in love with her and he gave her the secret of his strength. She gave that secret to his enemies and that is how that subdued him.
15 She said to him, “How can you say, ‘I love you,’ when your heart is not with me? You have mocked me these three times, and have not told me where your great strength lies.” 16 When she pressed him daily with her words and urged him, his soul was troubled to death. 17 He told her all his heart and said to her, “No razor has ever come on my head; for I have been a Nazirite to God from my mother’s womb. If I am shaved, then my strength will go from me and I will become weak, and be like any other man.” (Judges 16:15–17)
God's Commandments For Relationships
God cares for his people and He knows how to protect his people from hurt. He knows how relationships ought to be maintained and what necessary boundaries there should be.
Here are some bible verses about God's commandments for relationships from the Old Testament.
In The Ten Commandments
Here are some bible verses about what God had commanded in the Ten Commandments about relationship issues and some similar ones to those.
12 “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land which The LORD your God gives you. 13 “You shall not murder. 14 “You shall not commit adultery. 15 “You shall not steal. 16 “You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor. 17 “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor’s.” (Exodus 20:12–17)
"You shall not spread a false report. Don’t join your hand with the wicked to be a malicious witness. (Exodus 23:1)
“You shall not commit adultery. (Deuteronomy 5:18)
In Keeping Vows
God also commanded the people in the following bible verses that they should keep their promises and vows.
1 Moses spoke to the heads of the tribes of the children of Israel, saying, “This is the thing which The LORD has commanded. 2 When a man vows a vow to The LORD, or swears an oath to bind his soul with a bond, he shall not break his word. He shall do according to all that proceeds out of his mouth. (Numbers 30:1–2)
These are the statutes which The LORD commanded Moses, between a man and his wife, between a father and his daughter, being in her youth, in her father’s house. (Numbers 30:16)
For Restitutions When Wrong Was Done
God also commanded his people to make restitutions when wrong was done.
1 The LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 2 “If anyone sins, and commits a trespass against The LORD, and deals falsely with his neighbor in a matter of deposit, or of bargain, or of robbery, or has oppressed his neighbor, 3 or has found that which was lost, and lied about it, and swearing to a lie—in any of these things that a man sins in his actions—4 then it shall be, if he has sinned, and is guilty, he shall restore that which he took by robbery, or the thing which he has gotten by oppression, or the deposit which was committed to him, or the lost thing which he found, 5 or any thing about which he has sworn falsely: he shall restore it in full, and shall add a fifth part more to it. He shall return it to him to whom it belongs in the day of his being found guilty. 6 He shall bring his trespass offering to The LORD: a ram without defect from the flock, according to your estimation, for a trespass offering, to the priest. 7 The priest shall make atonement for him before The LORD, and he will be forgiven concerning whatever he does to become guilty.” (Leviticus 6:1–7)
God’s Warning In Trusting Relationships
The following bible verses are God's warning to people about things to beware of in relationships. The closest people to us can sometimes lead us astray and we should not be going along with that. It also warns us of those who can be deceitful towards us, as well as those close to us who may betray us. It also talks about those in authority positions who deceive people.
In order to see through them, we can look at their life- so called their "fruits", or their deeds. Do they reflect the love of God? Or do they reflect selfishness, hate or evil?
Jesus also warns us that as his followers we could be easily taken advantage of when trying to share the good news with others. Thus, he advised his followers to be as wise as serpents and harmless like doves. In that way, his followers can avoid being harmed by those people but still glorify God with their pure lives. Sometimes we can also be persecuted by family members due to our faith in Jesus.
The bible verse below also warns that in the latter times, there will be Christians who will fall away from the faith due to believing in lies from men and there will also be people who will appear like Christians in church but they are actually ungodly people who are there to dishonor God and turn people away from Jesus.
Sounds pretty scary doesn't it?
6 If your brother, the son of your mother, or your son, or your daughter, or the wife of your bosom, or your friend who is as your own soul, entices you secretly, saying, “Let’s go and serve other gods”—which you have not known, you, nor your fathers; 7 of the gods of the peoples who are around you, near to you, or far off from you, from the one end of the earth even to the other end of the earth—8 you shall not consent to him nor listen to him; neither shall your eye pity him, neither shall you spare, neither shall you conceal him; (Deuteronomy 13:6–8)
24 A malicious man disguises himself with his lips, but he harbors evil in his heart. 25 When his speech is charming, don’t believe him, for there are seven abominations in his heart. 26 His malice may be concealed by deception, but his wickedness will be exposed in the assembly. (Proverbs 26:24–26)
5 Don’t trust in a neighbor. Don’t put confidence in a friend. With the woman lying in your embrace, be careful of the words of your mouth! 6 For the son dishonors the father, the daughter rises up against her mother, the daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; a man’s enemies are the men of his own house. 7 But as for me, I will look to The LORD. I will wait for the God of my salvation. My God will hear me. (Micah 7:5–7)
34 “Don’t think that I came to send peace on the earth. I didn’t come to send peace, but a sword. 35 For I came to set a man at odds against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. 36 A man’s foes will be those of his own household. 37 He who loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; and he who loves son or daughter more than me isn’t worthy of me. 38 He who doesn’t take his cross and follow after me isn’t worthy of me. 39 He who seeks his life will lose it; and he who loses his life for my sake will find it. (Matthew 10:34–39)
15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravening wolves. 16 By their fruits you will know them. Do you gather grapes from thorns or figs from thistles? 17 Even so, every good tree produces good fruit, but the corrupt tree produces evil fruit. 18 A good tree can’t produce evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree produce good fruit. 19 Every tree that doesn’t grow good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Therefore by their fruits you will know them. 21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter into the Kingdom of Heaven, but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 Many will tell me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, didn’t we prophesy in your name, in your name cast out demons, and in your name do many mighty works?’ 23 Then I will tell them, ‘I never knew you. Depart from me, you who work iniquity.’ (Matthew 7:15–23)
“Behold, I send you out as sheep among wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves. (Matthew 10:16)
1 But the Spirit says expressly that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to seducing spirits and doctrines of demons, 2 through the hypocrisy of men who speak lies, branded in their own conscience as with a hot iron, 3 forbidding marriage and commanding to abstain from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth. (1 Timothy 4:1–3)
For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who don’t confess that Jesus Christ came in the flesh. This is the deceiver and the Antichrist. (2 John 7)
Now I say this that no one may delude you with persuasiveness of speech. (Colossians 2:4)
Let no one deceive you in any way. For it will not be unless the rebellion comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of destruction. (2 Thessalonians 2:3)
Beloved, don’t believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. (1 John 4:1)
that we may no longer be children, tossed back and forth and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in craftiness, after the wiles of error; (Ephesians 4:14)
For there are certain men who crept in secretly, even those who were long ago written about for this condemnation: ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into indecency, and denying our only Master, God, and Lord, Jesus Christ. (Jude 4)
Choosing Wisely In Relationships
God tells us in the following bible verses that we have to be cautious when choosing friends, especially in close relationships.
Shall the throne of wickedness have fellowship with you, which brings about mischief by statute? (Psalm 94:20)
I am a friend of all those who fear you, of those who observe your precepts. (Psalm 119:63)
A righteous person is cautious in friendship, but the way of the wicked leads them astray. (Proverbs 12:26)
A man void of understanding strikes hands, and becomes collateral in the presence of his neighbor. (Proverbs 17:18)
A man of many companions may be ruined, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. (Proverbs 18:24)
But I say that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to demons and not to God, and I don’t desire that you would have fellowship with demons. (1 Corinthians 10:20)
Don’t be deceived! “Evil companionships corrupt good morals.” (1 Corinthians 15:33)
Don’t be unequally yoked with unbelievers, for what fellowship do righteousness and iniquity have? Or what fellowship does light have with darkness? (2 Corinthians 6:14)
Have no fellowship with the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but rather even reprove them. (Ephesians 5:11)
You adulterers and adulteresses, don’t you know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. (James 4:4)
This following video explains the outcomes of bad partnerships:
How To Find The Best Partners
This video gives us some tips on how to find the best partners.
How To Be A Trustworthy Friend
Instead of expect people to change to become better friends or partners, we can learn how to be a better friend or a trustworthy friend to those around us. Here are some biblical tips from bible verses on how to be a trustworthy friend.
1. Keep Secrets
Gossiping about others will just keep people away from us, as they would not want to be the next victim.
It is a privilege and honor that someone would share a secret with us. As long as they are not suicidal or wanting to kill or harm others, we should honor the confidence they placed in us.
One who brings gossip betrays a confidence, but one who is of a trustworthy spirit is one who keeps a secret. (Proverbs 11:13)
2. Be Of Good Conduct And Walk In God's Light
To be a good friend who is trustworthy, we must be people who can influence others in a positive way.
By showing our love to people in deeds and conduct, being wise and gentle, we can become approachable to others.
When multiple people walk together in light, they have the fellowship with each other, through Jesus. They can then encourage each other to continue to follow God.
My little children, let’s not love in word only, or with the tongue only, but in deed and truth. (1 John 3:18)
Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by his good conduct that his deeds are done in gentleness of wisdom. (James 3:13)
If we say that we have fellowship with him and walk in the darkness, we lie and don’t tell the truth. (1 John 1:6)
But if we walk in the light as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son, cleanses us from all sin. (1 John 1:7)
3. Acknowledge Your Shortcomings And Repent
Being aware of our own sins, confessing those sins to God and repenting from those sins are ways for us to come back to a right relationship with God. By being at peace with God again, then we can experience peace in our human relationships.
9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous to forgive us the sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say that we haven’t sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. (1 John 1:9–10)
4. Don't Be Boastful
The bible verses below reminds us that we should not be boastful. A trustworthy friend will not boast about himself to put others down. But rather, a good friend will be humble as there is understanding of what Jesus has done on the cross for all of us.
But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your heart, don’t boast and don’t lie against the truth. (James 3:14)
14 But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. (Galatians 6:14)
5. Keep Tongue And Lips From Evil And Lies
It starts with the heart for how a person's speech turns out. If a heart is pure, the person's speech will be pure as well.
Impure or perverse speech, even when said in humor can hurt others, and break relationships.
Sometimes we may say the wrong things unintentionally or an accidental slip of the tongue we might have said something that offended the other person. That is how some relationships got broken. Thus, being extra careful of what we say would always be a good idea.
He who loves purity of heart and speaks gracefully is the king’s friend. (Proverbs 22:11)
For, “He who would love life and see good days, let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit. (1 Peter 3:10)
Blessed is the man who makes The LORD his trust, and doesn’t respect the proud, nor such as turn away to lies. (Psalm 40:4)
25 Therefore, putting away falsehood, speak truth each one with his neighbor, for we are members of one another (Ephesians 4:25)
6. Be Loyal And Faithful
The bible verses below tell us about faithfulness in friendship and relationships.
Many men claim to be men of unfailing love, but who can find a faithful man? (Proverbs 20:6)
The wounds of a friend are faithful, although the kisses of an enemy are profuse. (Proverbs 27:6)
7. Love God And Fear God
To be a trustworthy friend, we can learn to love God and fear God. Having the motivation to do the right things because we love God or fear God is a sustainable one that will not cause harm to self or others.
1 The LORD, who shall dwell in your sanctuary? Who shall live on your holy hill? 2 He who walks blamelessly and does what is right, and speaks truth in his heart; 3 he who doesn’t slander with his tongue, nor does evil to his friend, nor casts slurs against his fellow man; 4 in whose eyes a vile man is despised, but who honors those who fear The LORD; he who keeps an oath even when it hurts, and doesn’t change; 5 he who doesn’t lend out his money for usury, nor take a bribe against the innocent. He who does these things shall never be shaken. (Psalm 15:1–5)
30 Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain; but a woman who fears The LORD, she shall be praised. (Proverbs 31:30)
How To Build Trust In Relationships
Here are 10 tips from bible verses on how to build trust in various relationships.
1. Be Humble And Bear With One Another
12 Put on therefore, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, a heart of compassion, kindness, lowliness, humility, and perseverance; 13 bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, if any man has a complaint against any; even as Christ forgave you, so you also do. 14 Above all these things, walk in love, which is the bond of perfection. (Colossians 3:12–14)
2. Provide Earnest Counsel
Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart; so does earnest counsel from a man’s friend. (Proverbs 27:9)
3. Honor Others
In love of the brothers be tenderly affectionate to one another; in honor prefer one another, (Romans 12:10)
make my joy full by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind; (Philippians 2:2)
4. Avoid Offending People
A brother offended is more difficult than a fortified city. Disputes are like the bars of a fortress. (Proverbs 18:19)
5. Be Careful In Speech
1 Let not many of you be teachers, my brothers, knowing that we will receive heavier judgment. 2 For we all stumble in many things. Anyone who doesn’t stumble in word is a perfect person, able to bridle the whole body also. 3 Indeed, we put bits into the horses’ mouths so that they may obey us, and we guide their whole body. 4 Behold, the ships also, though they are so big and are driven by fierce winds, are yet guided by a very small rudder, wherever the pilot desires. 5 So the tongue is also a little member, and boasts great things. See how a small fire can spread to a large forest! (James 3:1–5)
29 Let no corrupt speech proceed out of your mouth, but only what is good for building others up as the need may be, that it may give grace to those who hear. 30 Don’t grieve the Holy Spirit of God, in whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. (Ephesians 4:29)
6. Be Generous
I tell you, make for yourselves friends by means of unrighteous mammon, so that when you fail, they may receive you into the eternal tents. (Luke 16:9)
7. Be Kind And Forgiving
To him who is ready to faint, kindness should be shown from his friend; even to him who forsakes the fear of the Almighty. (Job 6:14)
12 Put on therefore, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, a heart of compassion, kindness, lowliness, humility, and perseverance; 13 bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, if any man has a complaint against any; even as Christ forgave you, so you also do. 14 Above all these things, walk in love, which is the bond of perfection. (Colossians 3:12–14)
31 Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, outcry, and slander be put away from you, with all malice. 32 And be kind to one another, tender hearted, forgiving each other, just as God also in Christ forgave you. (Ephesians 4:31-2)
He who covers an offense promotes love; but he who repeats a matter separates best friends. (Proverbs 17:9)
8. Don't Be Judgmental
Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but don’t consider the beam that is in your own eye? (Matthew 7:3)
Or how can you tell your brother, ‘Brother, let me remove the speck of chaff that is in your eye,’ when you yourself don’t see the beam that is in your own eye? You hypocrite! First remove the beam from your own eye, and then you can see clearly to remove the speck of chaff that is in your brother’s eye. (Luke 6:42)
But you, why do you judge your brother? Or you again, why do you despise your brother? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. (Romans 14:10)
Therefore let’s not judge one another any more, but judge this rather, that no man put a stumbling block in his brother’s way, or an occasion for falling. (Romans 14:13)
Finally, brothers, rejoice! Be perfected. Be comforted. Be of the same mind. Live in peace, and the God of love and peace will be with you. (2 Corinthians 13:11)
If you only greet your friends, what more do you do than others? Don’t even the tax collectors do the same? (Matthew 5:47)
10. Love People
34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:34–35)
“This is my commandment, that you love one another, even as I have loved you. (John 15:12)
Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. (John 15:13)
“I command these things to you, that you may love one another. (John 15:17)
4 Love is patient and is kind. Love doesn’t envy. Love doesn’t brag, is not proud, 5 doesn’t behave itself inappropriately, doesn’t seek its own way, is not provoked, takes no account of evil; 6 doesn’t rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things. (1 Corinthians 13:4–7)
with all lowliness and humility, with patience, bearing with one another in love, (Ephesians 4:2)
But concerning brotherly love, you have no need that one write to you. For you yourselves are taught by God to love one another, (1Thessalonians 4:9)
Let brotherly love continue. (Hebrews 13:1)
Seeing you have purified your souls in your obedience to the truth through the Spirit in sincere brotherly affection, love one another from the heart fervently, (1 Peter 1:22)
And above all things be earnest in your love among yourselves, for love covers a multitude of sins. (1 Peter 4:8)
Beloved, if God loved us in this way, we also ought to love one another. (1 John 4:11)
No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God remains in us, and his love has been perfected in us. (1 John 4:12)
We love him, because he first loved us. (1 John 4:19)
A friend loves at all times; and a brother is born for adversity. (Proverbs 17:17)
Other Advice For Various Relationships
Here are some other advice from bible verses for wives, husbands, children, parents, servants and masters.
18 Wives, be in subjection to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. 19 Husbands, love your wives, and don’t be bitter against them. 20 Children, obey your parents in all things, for this pleases the Lord. 21 Fathers, don’t provoke your children, so that they won’t be discouraged. 22 Servants, obey in all things those who are your masters according to the flesh, not just when they are looking, as men pleasers, but in singleness of heart, fearing God. 23 And whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ. 25 But he who does wrong will receive again for the wrong that he has done, and there is no partiality. (Colossians 3:18–25)
Masters, give to your servants that which is just and equal, knowing that you also have a Master in heaven. (Colossians 4:1)
How To Move On When Trust Is Broken?
When you have been hurt from someone, the trust is affected, it may even be broken. Here are some bible verses that share what we can do when we are in that situation.
1. Be Strong And Trust In The LORD to Help You
The bible verse below says that when we are forsaken by loved ones, God can still take us in. During those difficult times, the bible encourages us to be stay and trust God. To rely on God's love and God's help to get through those painful times. Seek God's peace and God's comfort.
10 When my father and my mother forsake me, then The LORD will take me up. 11 Teach me your way, The LORD. Lead me in a straight path, because of my enemies. 12 Don’t deliver me over to the desire of my adversaries, for false witnesses have risen up against me, such as breathe out cruelty. 13 I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of The LORD in the land of the living. 14 Wait for The LORD. Be strong, and let your heart take courage. Yes, wait for The LORD. (Psalm 27:10–14)
I hate those who regard lying vanities, but I trust in The LORD. (Psalm 31:6)
But you, God, will bring them down into the pit of destruction. Bloodthirsty and deceitful men shall not live out half their days, but I will trust in you. (Psalm 55:23)
2. Forgive Those Who Hurt You
The following bible verses remind us that we ourselves have already been forgiven by God, so we should also forgive those who have sinned against us. By forgiving those people who hurt us, we are freeing ourselves from the pain that they have caused us. Bring your pain of hurt to God, by telling God how this person has hurt you and telling God that you are giving that to Him. If it is hard to forgive that person, ask God to help you to forgive that person. When we choose to not forgive, we are the ones who will suffer more than that person, not just in our memories but also in our bodies, and our minds as well. By forgiving that person, we can then be truly healed from the pain.
Forgive us our debts, as we also forgive our debtors. (Matthew 6:12)
“For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. (Matthew 6:14)
But if you don’t forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. (Matthew 6:15)
But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your transgressions.” (Mark 11:26)
21 Then Peter came and said to him, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Until seven times?” 22 Jesus said to him, “I don’t tell you until seven times, but, until seventy times seven. 23 Therefore the Kingdom of Heaven is like a certain king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. 24 When he had begun to settle, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents.25 But because he couldn’t pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, with his wife, his children, and all that he had, and payment to be made. 26 The servant therefore fell down and knelt before him, saying, ‘Lord, have patience with me, and I will repay you all!’ 27 The lord of that servant, being moved with compassion, released him and forgave him the debt. 28 “But that servant went out and found one of his fellow servants who owed him one hundred denarii, and he grabbed him and took him by the throat, saying, ‘Pay me what you owe!’ 29 “So his fellow servant fell down at his feet and begged him, saying, ‘Have patience with me, and I will repay you!’ 30 He would not, but went and cast him into prison until he should pay back that which was due. 31 So when his fellow servants saw what was done, they were exceedingly sorry, and came and told their lord all that was done. 32 Then his lord called him in and said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you begged me. 33 Shouldn’t you also have had mercy on your fellow servant, even as I had mercy on you?’ 34 His lord was angry, and delivered him to the tormentors until he should pay all that was due to him. 35 So my heavenly Father will also do to you, if you don’t each forgive your brother from your hearts for his misdeeds.” (Matthew 18:21–35)
Whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone; so that your Father, who is in heaven, may also forgive you your transgressions. (Mark 11:25)
3. Leave Room For God's Wrath
Sometimes the things done to you are so bad and that person who broke your trust has gone away unpunished. If you feel like seeking revenge, I strongly encourage you to read this bible verse slowly. God says that vengeance belongs to him, he will repay.
Don’t seek revenge yourselves, beloved, but give place to God’s wrath. For it is written, “Vengeance belongs to me; I will repay, says the Lord.” (Romans 12:19)
Thank you for reading this blog post.
Here is a prayer that you are welcome to use as a guide. You can also speak to God in your own way, to tell God your hope to have better relationships or to ask for healing from broken trust in relationships.
Prayer For Trust In Relationships
Dear Heavenly Father, God, I thank you for Lord Jesus who helped make me right with you. You have forgiven me so much and I want to forgive those who sinned against me, please help me to do that, it is difficult. Please help me to become a person who is trustworthy and to be a good friend to others. Please help me to develop and have some trustworthy relationships. Please give me wisdom to know who I should trust. Please guide me to walk closer to you. In Jesus Christ's name, I pray, amen.
Bible version: the public domain World English Bible (WEB) has been used throughout this post. The WEB translation of "Yahweh" has been changed to "the LORD" which is more familiar to most readers.
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