In trying to minister to others and in the community to those we don't really have a relationship built with but desire to do so in the future, what do we have to have to move forward? What is the single ingredient that is needed to build a foundation of help, care and encouragement with each other? Even in your circles of influence? Even in the closest of relationships you have with others? We may have love or compassion to build on but is it the bedrock of the relationship?
BAM! that is it! This is the answer! This is the solution! The big word!
I believe that you can have a love for others but if you don't have trust in each other it makes any relationship difficult to move in any direction. Jesus sums up the commandments in Matthew 22:37-39 by teaching, "Love the Lord your God"...then...."love your neighbor as yourself." We call this the Great Commandment as it sums up all the Law and what the prophets of old were saying to God's people constantly.
However, before this teaching way back in Proverbs 3:5, there is a wise saying from the writer: "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding." Trust is defined as reliance on the integrity, strength, ability, surety, etc., of a person or thing; confidence. Being confident in someone else and their abilities. What a concept!
You have to measure how much trust you have in God and in others on a daily basis. If there is no confidence that God has the strength, ability and surety to be a part of your life, then simply you don't believe in Him and what He is capable of doing. If there is no confidence that others to have the strength, ability, and surety to be a part of your life, then simply you may not have very many trusting friends and can be very lonely. What are the obstacles of your trusting in God and in others? Can you simply trust?
Sleep on that some.....Sleepy Disciple