Many believers mistakenly misapply the words of Christ and find themselves in situations where they feel compelled to trust someone who has repeatedly broken their trust.
Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?”
“No, not seven times,” Jesus replied, “but seventy times seven.”
Forgiving someone over and over again is what God expects of those who hope to do what Christ does. But trusting that person is something entirely different. For what reason do many believers mistakenly misapply the seventy-times-seven concept, continually trusting people who obviously cannot be trusted? Ignorance.
- lacking knowledge or information as to a particular subject or fact (example – ignorant of quantum physics).
- uninformed; unaware.
- Don’t be ignorant about the difference between forgiveness and trust.
- Forgive, if you haven’t already.
- Ask God to give you direction in setting healthy boundaries that will ultimately benefit both you and the repeat offender. These boundaries vary, depending on the severity of the offenses.
- Never give up hope. We are all works in progress.
- Be aware that God, at some point in the future, might call you to take the emotional risk of trusting once again.