Understanding human nature

But Jesus did not trust Himself to them, because He knew all[men]; 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.–John 2:24-25

One time after I had been involved in a disappointing church situation, God brought John 2;24-25 to my attention. It speaks of Jesus relationship with His disciples.

It plainly says that Jesus did not trust Himself to them. While He gave Himself to them relationally and lived life with them, He knew that they were not perfect. He understood human nature and He did not trust Himself to them in an unbalanced way.

This made me realize that I had place my trust in people at church that should only belong to God and had set myself up for disappointment.

We can go only so far in any human relationship. If we go beyond godly wisdom, we will likely be hurt. It’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking that some people will never hurt us, only to be disappointed when they don’t like up to those standards. No one’s perfect.

The good news is that God is perfect and will not disappoint. He is always loving and good. Don’t give trust to people when it belongs to God, but rather, give yourself completely to Him. He alone is perfectly trustworthy.

From the book “Promises for our everyday lives”

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