We have made it all the way to Proverbs 25!
One of the first read aloud books I did with my girls was Because of Winn Dixie. In that book, the daughter is talking about someone’s situation and the dad interrupts and says, “We don’t make idle conversation about someone else’s pain.” That line has stuck with me ever since.
When I begin to share something – I check my heart. Am I truly requesting prayer for a situation or am I just wanting to tell what I know? Am I truly seeking counsel or just wanting someone to side with me? Am I really interested in helping or just making idle conversation about someone else’s pain?
That was the first thing that came to mind when I read Proverbs 25:9. If I have a problem with someone – I need to go to them. That is biblical. And I do not need to reveal another’s secrets. This is multiple times now that we have been warned regarding the dangers of gossip.
Guard my tongue, Lord. May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be pleasing to you. May my motives in sharing always be pure.