Discerning Relationships

John 2:24-25 — 24 But Jesus [for His part] did not trust Himself to them, because He knew all [men]; 25 And He did not need anyone to bear witness concerning man [needed no evidence from anyone about men], for He Himself knew what was in human nature [He could read men’s hearts]. (AMP)

There must be balance in your relationships with others. In the above passage, Jesus taught us a very valuable lesson concerning this matter. My prayer is for complete health to be restored to all of your relationships.

While in Jerusalem, Jesus performed many signs, wonders, and miracles. And because of the great works He did, many people believed in Him and identified themselves with His party (John 2:23). However, Jesus did not trust Himself to them. Why?

I don’t believe Jesus was suspicious of them, but He understood human nature. He knew well enough not to trust Himself to them in an unbalanced way. He could read their hearts, and He simply refused to give more of Himself to them than they were capable of handling.

Here’s my point: I’m not telling you to be suspicious of everyone and to never trust in relationships. What you need to understand, though, is you must not rely on others more than you rely on God. Do not act hastily when it comes to trusting others with yourself. All humans are fallible. We cannot expect people to properly handle what is meant for God alone.

The level of trust you give to others should vary. It’s not suspicion to be cautious before sharing your time, resources, and the intimate details of your life with another person. It’s called using discernment. I encourage you to evaluate your relationships. Are you relying on someone else to fill a role that should be reserved for God? Put your total trust in Him today. Doing so is safe, reliable, and rewarding.

Psalm 146:3Put not your trust in princes, in a son of man, in whom there is no hope (AMP).

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