“A gossip betrays a confidence, but a trustworthy person keeps a secret”(Proverbs 11:13 NIV).
There’s a story in the Old Testament about a family that struggled with gossip. Moses had a sister named Miriam who one day got caught up in gossiping about Moses among the rest of the people. God called Moses and Miriam in and had a little talk. He spoke with Miriam and told her what she’d done wrong—and right there on the spot, God gave her leprosy. You may be thinking, “That sounds terrible, but I’d like that to happen to the person who gossiped about me. Maybe not leprosy—but a really bad stomach flu, so that person knows how much this hurt.”
Do you know what God did next? He invited Moses to pray for Miriam’s healing—the person who gossiped against him.
Maybe you’ve been deeply hurt by gossip and things that have been said around the office or by the broken confidence of a friend or family member. Here’s what God says to you: “Pray for the person who gossiped against you so that you can be released from the hurt in your life.”
Or maybe you’ve been the one gossiping. This story is in the Old Testament to remind us how serious gossip is and how hurtful it can be to people, whatever side of it you’re on.
Keeping confidences enables you to connect to others in productive, healthy, and genuine ways.
Proverbs 11:13 says, “A gossip betrays a confidence, but a trustworthy person keeps a secret” (NIV).
Are you the kind of person that keeps people’s confidences so they can trust you?