In God We Trust? I Need You to Survive

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For *he* is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of enclosure”,                                                                                Ephesians 2:14Darby Translation (DARBY)

We can begin to move into the realm of trust when we take the focus off of ourselves. It is an invaluable position to be able to trust across the divides of ethnicity and culture. Common relationship is the key to empowering the connection that trust can provide. However, in a divided world “common” remains an enigma. From the biblical prospective, Christ shines brightly as a commonality of relationship between his followers and those of whom they interact with, using the John 3:16 values of; Appreciating, Valuing and investing.

“For God so loved the world, (appreciating, valuing) that he gave his only begotten Son, (investing) that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (Promise/decree)”

 Trust has its innate risk. They exist between extremes. There is an overall spectrum, ranging from blind faith to paranoia. The balancing act of navigating between these extremes presents a great dilemma.  Relationship holds the key by investing in one another. Blind Trust by implication is trusting without knowledge. To the contrary, we cannot allow ourselves to be dominated by past experiences through paranoia, especially concerning the building of Cross Cultural trust.

An invaluable key to trust is in the achievement of trustworthiness. Trustworthiness causes relationships to draw closer.  While bridging perceived differences to unity, some would provocatively say that, “The devil is in the details,” or, “With every level there’s a devil.” However, the worst devil of all is what is left to our misguided and uninformed imagination that says stop, proceed no further. Our apprehensive hyperbole tells us to settle for the status quo and to refuse to seek multi-ethnic engagements/friendships. Trustworthiness is assertive rather that reactive.  if it errors, the error will only fall on the side of love.

“ Above everything else be sure that you have real deep love for each other, remembering how ‘love will cover a multitude of sins” 1 Peter 4:8 J.B. Phillips New Testament (PHILLIPS)

Six Keys to achieving of Trustworthiness

the following information is from Wiki How to Do Anything

How to Build Trust

Edited by Amelia in the Forest and 18 others

Keep secrets. No gossip allowed. Never blab someone else’s story. Enough said. You can only trust people who are discreet and those who can keep the same silences or protect your confidences.

Show openness. This implies relying on a person to give you the full truth. Mistrust comes as much from what people know, including what they do not know.

Do not break promises, however small and insignificant they may seem. Trust requires that people know you are dependable.

Don’t omit important details. The main reason it is best not to omit important details is because it is hard to keep up with a string of omissions. People will start to notice contradictions in your stories and you will be considered a liar, even if you are only omitting a little! Tell people things they need or want to know, if you begin to provide reliable information they will trust you.

Show consistency in your behavior. This relates to your reliability and predictability. It also determines your ability and good judgment in handling situations. Display loyalty. This refers to your ability to protect others, to be on same side, in their presence but most importantly in their absence.

Be neutral when placed in difficult predicaments. Do not choose sides until you make certain that you know the hard facts.

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