By Andrea Merrell
A perverse person stirs up conflict,
and a gossip separates close friends.
Proverbs 16:28 NIV
It was one of those “something told me” moments when I realized I shouldn’t be sharing my issues with certain individuals. I didn’t listen, and it came back to haunt me.
It’s important for all of us to have someone to talk to and confide in, especially when we’re going through a hard time. But we have to choose that person (or persons) wisely. There are many listening ears, but not all are trustworthy.
We must choose a friend, counselor, or accountability partner who can keep a confidence. Someone who won’t gossip and spread our private issues around. Someone who walks according to the principles of God’s Word. We also need someone who will let things go and not make us wear a label for the rest of our life.
Pastor and author Bob Gass says:
Bad news is often remembered longer than good news. Long after you have resolved the issue and moved on with your life, the wrong people will continue to focus on it and talk about it. That’s why God’s Word says, “Those who are trustworthy can keep a confidence.”
God is always ready and willing to come to your rescue. Take your problems to Him, and be careful who you confide in.
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