Trust Builds and Restores Relationships (Fri. Sept. 10)

The word of the day is “confidence.”  Love creates relationship.  But the loving bond between us grows in the fertile soil of trust.  Paul affirms this insight in today’s reading of 2 Corinthians 7:10-16.  Paul has changed his feelings toward his congregation in Corinth.  He writes, “Therefore I rejoice that I have confidence in you in everything” (vs. 16). The Greek word for “confidence” is a form of the word meaning “to show boldness” (Strong’s #2292).  That is, the apostle is now encouraged, heartened, and emboldened in his relationship with the Corinthians.  These feelings of secure affection toward another depend on mutual trust.  In a relationship of fidelity, no one needs to be hesitant, uncertain, and guarded–that is, distrustful.  But those who…