Confiding in others
'Those who are trustworthy can keep a confidence.' Proverbs 11:13 NLT
Ever off-loaded your situation in confidence to someone, only to find that now everyone knows your business? It's not a nice feeling. When we trust someone, open up to them and allow them to see our vulnerabilities, we don't want it passed around. When that happens, it can break down relationships because we stop trusting and decide not to confide in that person again. Opening up to others is a risk, but it's something we need to do; we need each other for support, advice and encouragement.
We need to carefully choose who we confide in. The Bible says: 'Those who are trustworthy can keep a confidence' (Proverbs 11:13 NLT). It also says: 'A gossip betrays a confidence; so avoid anyone who talks too much' (Proverbs 20:19 NIV). We need to look out for trustworthy people who can keep what we tell them to themselves. We also need to confide in those who we know will seek God on our behalf and give us wise, godly advice. 'But the wisdom that comes from Heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere' (James 3:17 NIV).
Not only should we find good people to confide in; we ourselves should focus on being trustworthy and respond to others in a gentle and godly way. So that, when others have a problem, they will know that they can confide in us.
So what now? Who do you feel most comfortable confiding in? Today make an effort to thank that person for their wisdom and trustworthiness.
Soulfood: 1 Jn 3:11-5:21 Lk 11:1-13 Ps 78:40-55 Pro 20:4-6,