Verse 13: "A talebearer reveals secrets, but he who is of a faithful spirit conceals a matter.”
The ability to have confidence in someone is often tied to whether confidence has been betrayed by others. Once someone betrays your confidence, it's very hard to trust again. In today's gold nugget, "A talebearer reveals secrets, but he who is of a faithful spirit conceals a matter.” In this verse we find two types of people, a talebearer and a faithful spirit. Once you have been betrayed by the first, it can make it difficult to recognize the second.
Life is filled with people who will fail you or even outright betray you. If you refuse to trust again, you conclude that no-one can ever be trusted. If that is true, you cannot be trusted either. The fact is, there are those of a faithful spirit and we need them in our lives. We need to recognize first the faithful spirit of God. After having spent significant time with the faithful Spirit of God, we may be able to recognize it in others. To shut out everyone because of the behavior of some is very unloving. Reading 1 Corinthians chapter 13, we find that love hopes all things, endures all things and believes all things. This doesn't mean we are naïve and gullible, it means we don't make everyone pay for the sins of others.
Lord, I have ben betrayed by others and don't want to live a life of distrust. Help me to recognize a faithful spirit and not treat them like a talebearer. Amen
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