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But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. Psalms 13:5.

TRUST is one key attribute to a lasting and great relationship. Trust is very vital in building a healthy relationship with your loved one. If trust is out of the picture, love declines and falls out. You can love a person and not trust him/her; no wonder Jesus, even though He loved His own that believed on Him while on earth, He did not trust Himself to them (John 2:24). This is because of the nature of trust. Jesus had only about three apostles out of twelve He chose to be close to.

Today, the lack of trust in many relationships has destroyed its longevity. Marriages are broken today because of lack of trust. Even great relationships that would have yielded divine marriages broke out due to lack of trust. This shows the importance of trust in every relationship. If trust is this important then, there are things to do or to know in order for your relationship to last and fulfill its purpose till the end.

Before you can build trust in your relationship,  you have to understand what it means to you and your partner. Communicating your expectations and understanding what your partner needs, is the foundation for building a long-lasting relationship. Also, take the time to understand what your partner is looking for in a relationship and make sure your needs are clearly expressed. When you begin with that, building trust becomes much easier.

How to build trust in your relationship

1. Earn it
Don’t just assume that trust exists, instead, always work to earn it. When you stop taking trust for granted and make it a priority, you will be conscious of your actions and the perceptions of those actions to your partner.Being mindful and avoiding actions that raises eyebrow from your partner makes him/her trust you because people sometimes walk based on what they see, perceive or have experienced.

2. Be forgiving
Trusting doesn’t mean mistakes won’t happen, and when they do, be forgiving. Holding on to past misdeeds will only erase the trust in your relationship. A mistake made by you or your partner should not be a constant source of contention. Letting go of the hurt, accepting the apology and moving on builds a relationship based on love and truth.

3. Disagree in private
A public forum is never an ideal place to express a disagreement. If what your partner is saying doesn’t sit well with you, discuss it at home. Disagreeing in front of other people can humiliate or shame the other person. This sort of behavior will ruin your lines of communication and your trust factor. Waiting till you get home gives the benefit of processing your thoughts in a respectful way to encourage an honest and open discussion.

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4. Keeping secrets
Don’t keep secrets from each other, rather, keep them for each other. Keep your personal conversations at home. It is only okay to talk about something once you hear your partner bring up the subject in a conversation. Also, he may share this information only with certain people. It’s his story, so let him tell it and follow his lead.

Building trust isn’t really hard when you approach your relationship with understanding and respect.

All relationships should be under the governing influence of the Holy Trinity i.e the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Your relationship cannot last and grow or fulfill the purpose for its establishment if it is not rooted on the relationship that has existed, even before creation began. Know that it is God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit that created all that we see and admire around us.

Your relationship must have its foundation from God in order to be all that you desire. Allow God direct you by being right with Him. Jesus Christ came that we be put right with God. When you trust Him, He gives you someone you can trust. God desires your good and wants you prosperous and fulfilled. Have you accepted His great love for you?

You can begin a relationship now with the Lord Jesus Christ by saying this prayer:

 Lord Jesus Christ I acknowledge that I am a sinner, I believe in your death and resurrection. I ask you to forgive me my sins, I reject the devil and all his works and l welcome the Holy Spirit into my life. I declare today I am born again and I am a child of God in Jesus name .Amen .
If you just said that prayer I welcome you to God's family. Look for a Bible believing church where God's word is taught and fellowship there.

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