How To Trust Your Spouse – Insights Christian Marriage Coach

Learning to Trust Your Spouse: Insights from a Christian Marriage Coach

Trust is the cornerstone of any strong marital relationship. Without it, the foundation of marriage shakes, and the structure built upon it risks collapse. As a Christian marriage coach, I’ve seen firsthand how trust, or the lack thereof, can profoundly impact a couple’s unity, peace, and spiritual growth. In this extensive guide, we will explore pathways to cultivating a trusting relationship, grounded in Christian principles and practical, real-world advice.

The Importance of Trust in Marriage

Trust within marriage encompasses more than faithfulness; it involves believing in your spouse’s commitment, reliability, and love. Proverbs 31:11 speaks to the heart of trust in marriage: “The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain.” This mutual trust is vital for a thriving, God-honoring marriage.

Understanding the Foundations of Trust

Before rebuilding or strengthening trust, it’s crucial to understand its foundations. Trust is built on honesty, consistency, vulnerability, and commitment. It’s nurtured over time and through trials, growing deeper with each act that demonstrates faithfulness to these principles.

Steps to Learn to Trust Your Spouse

1. Start with Self-Examination

Reflect on why you might struggle with trust. Are these issues rooted in past relationships, personal insecurities, or specific actions of your spouse? Understanding the source of your mistrust is the first step toward healing. Pray for insight and strength to address these areas.

2. Communicate Openly

Open, honest communication is essential. Discuss your feelings and fears without accusation. Use “I feel” statements to express your emotions without placing undue blame on your spouse. Listen to their perspective with empathy and an open heart.

3. Set Boundaries and Expectations

Clearly define what trust means in your marriage. Discuss boundaries and expectations, ensuring they are reasonable and mutually agreed upon. These might involve transparency with finances, social interactions, or how time is spent. Setting these guidelines can prevent misunderstandings and build a framework for trust.

4. Practice Transparency

Transparency is the action that backs up the promise of trust. Encourage openness about thoughts, feelings, and actions. Share passwords, schedules, and other personal information not as a surveillance measure but as a gesture of openness and accountability.

5. Rebuild Trust Through Actions

Trust is rebuilt in the small, consistent actions that demonstrate reliability and commitment. Show your spouse you are trustworthy by following through on promises, being punctual, and living with integrity in all aspects of your life.

6. Forgive Past Hurts

Forgiveness is a key component of trust. Holding onto past hurts prevents trust from taking root. Ephesians 4:32 reminds us to be kind and compassionate, forgiving each other as God forgave us. Forgiveness does not mean forgetting or excusing harmful behavior but choosing to release resentment and give your spouse a chance to change.

7. Seek God’s Guidance Together

Invite God into the process of rebuilding trust. Pray together for healing, guidance, and the strength to forgive and trust again. Studying biblical principles on trust and marriage can also provide both conviction and comfort.

8. Celebrate Progress

Recognize and celebrate progress, no matter how small. Acknowledging positive steps forward encourages both partners and reinforces the value of the efforts being made to rebuild trust.

9. Be Patient

Trust takes time to rebuild, especially if it has been broken. Be patient with yourself and your spouse. Healing and rebuilding are processes that cannot be rushed.

10. Seek Professional Help

Sometimes, the issues affecting trust in a marriage are too complex to handle alone. Seeking guidance from a Christian marriage counselor can provide the tools and insights needed to navigate the path to rebuilding trust.

11. Engage in Joint Activities

Engaging in activities together can strengthen your bond and trust. Whether it’s serving in a ministry, joining a Bible study group, or simply spending quality time together, shared experiences can rebuild connection and trust.

12. Cultivate a Personal Relationship with God

A personal relationship with God is the foundation upon which all other relationships should be built. As each spouse grows closer to God, their capacity for love, forgiveness, and trust in their marriage increases. Remember, a cord of three strands is not quickly broken (Ecclesiastes 4:12).


Learning to trust your spouse is a journey marked by small steps of faith, forgiveness, and commitment. It requires patience, persistence, and, most importantly, a reliance on God’s strength and guidance. As you embark on this journey, remember that you are not alone. God is with you, offering wisdom, comfort, and healing. Trust in Him as you work to build a marriage that reflects His love and faithfulness. In doing so, you will not only learn to trust your spouse but also deepen your trust in the Lord, the true foundation of a lasting, loving marriage.

Pastor Michael – Minister of Religion, Christian Marriage CounselingChristian Marriage CoachChristian Relationship CoachChristian Dating CoachChristian Life Coach (since 1999), Part of Faithmunity Ministries