Loved… or trusted?

George A. MacDonald, one of my favourite classic authors (one whom C.S. Lewis, my very favourite author, greatly admired) once said:

“To be trusted is a greater compliment than to be loved.”

The need or desire to be loved is, I believe, common to every human being. And the Bible makes it clear that the greatest commandment is to love. There is no question about it: We must love and we must aspire to love the way God loves.

trust-vs-love

But what about being on the receiving end of love? Should we be satisfied that God, that people around us, love us. . .or should we also become trustworthy? It’s easy to make someone love you, but not so easy to earn his or her trust.

You already know that God loves you. (At least, I hope you do!) But can He also trust you. . .with the tasks He’s called you to do, with the gifts and resources He’s given to you? Do your employers, teachers, classmates, coworkers, neighbours, parents, children, spouse, pastor and church members trust you? Can they depend on you to keep your word, to stick to your commitments, and to give 100%?

“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15)

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