Trust is a firm reliance on the integrity, ability, or character of a person or thing. It is something committed into the care of another; charge. It is also reliance on something in the future; hope.
The first verse I learned as a child after becoming a Christian was Proverbs 3:5, 6, referenced below; trust in the Lord. I suppose this was my first because I needed to learn to trust, and had such difficulty doing so. Trust is the first stage in normal human growth, and is a necessary component of any relationship. When violated, it is the most difficult thing to regain, requiring more than forgiveness, but a rebuilding of the trust lost.
Trust is lost if we have or perceived we have been betrayed. Notice I said that the betrayal can be real or perceived, but the result will likely be the same, a breaking of trust, which makes relationship so difficult.
Since most clients will have issues surrounding trust, establishing trust with the client is an essential component of the therapeutic relationship, and must be established early and reinforced often. We do this through our attending to the client, listening carefully, following up with promises made, etc. Thus, building trust is a key for us to be effective as counselors.
The Word of God:
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight.”
“Though He slay me, I will hope in Him. Nevertheless, I will argue my ways before Him.”
“But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us.”
“Trust in the Lord and do good; Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness. Delight yourself in the Lord; And he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him, and he will do it.”