We've all said the wrong thing, at the wrong time, to the wrong person, and ended up regretting it. A pastor was being honoured at a retirement dinner, and a local politician had been asked to make a speech. The politician was running late so the pastor decided to say a few words: 'When I came here twenty-five years ago I thought this was a terrible church. The first man I talked to said he'd stolen, lied, embezzled, had an affair and done drugs. I was appalled. Then I realised everybody isn't like that; this church is filled with good people.' Just then the politician arrived and stood up to speak: 'I'll never forget the day the pastor arrived and I had the privilege of being the first church member to talk to him.'
Loose lips sink ships! The Bible says: 'Discretion will preserve you.' Being discreet means having the ability to keep sensitive information private - including things you may have heard years ago! The writer of Proverbs said, 'He who is trustworthy conceals a matter' (Proverbs 11:13 NAS), and in the New Testament Paul cautions believers about discussing 'things not proper to mention' (1 Timothy 5:13 NAS). Divulging what you know about other people's problems and failures may make you feel good momentarily, but afterwards it has a predictably negative impact on the relationship. Plus, you get a reputation as a person who can't be trusted.
A wise man said, 'If your lips would keep from slips, five things observe with care: of whom you speak, to whom you speak, and how, and when, and where.' That's advice you would do well to pay attention to!
Soulfood : Josh 19:24-21:45, Lk 20:20-26, Ps 112, Prov 23:13-15