Monday, January 27, 2020

Be Careful Who You Confide In

By Andrea Merrell

I knew I had made a mistake as soon as the words left my mouth. I was sure that confiding in the wrong person would, as they say, come back to bite me.

“Never cast your pearls before swine,” my grandfather used to say. The words taken from Matthew 7 were some of his favorites. They made no sense to me when I was growing up. Sometimes we have to go through something to understand it.

A pearl is an ancient symbol of a spiritual truth given to us by God. But some people have a closed heart and are not able—or willing—to receive or understand.

Sharing with others can be a wonderful experience—joy, success, sadness, prayer needs, and even spiritual truths from God’s Word—but only when shared with the right person.

When we share our greatest blessings, some might be envious or even offended. When we share our weaknesses and failures, they might never look at us the same. Others will be quick to tell everyone they know. 

One writer says, “Be cautious when confessing your mistakes. Your attempt to be open may be very sincere, but your mistake may loom larger in their memory than the lesson you’ve learned and are trying to share with them.” This has happened to me or more than one occasion.

God calls us to be open and transparent. Don’t be afraid to let others in. Just use wisdom. 

And be careful who you confide in.

(Photo courtesy of and Ambro.)


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