Can you keep a secret?

Is there any such thing as a secret anymore? There are security cameras everywhere now, and their unblinking eyes see all and record it forever. The Internet has unlimited memory storage, it seems. Nothing that once flew through the wires and air is ever really lost—it is on a server somewhere and can be found and brought back. Every cell phone is now a camera and video recorder, silently absorbing everything going on.

Don’t think you’re brilliant because you caught somebody else in a sin. Everybody sins. Everybody takes a stupid pill on certain days and says and does things that are embarrassing or hurtful or wrong. “A man who lacks judgment derides his neighbor, but a man of understanding holds his tongue. A gossip betrays a confidence, but a trustworthy man keeps a secret” (Proverbs 11:12,13).

Blabbing information that makes other people look bad may give you a gossipy thrill or make you feel morally superior or get you attention and friends (you think). A more Christian attitude, however, is to work to build up people rather than to enjoy tearing them down. It is better to help mend a frayed relationship than to be a part of ripping it further.

Think of all the dark parts of your life that you hope never see the light of day. Think how much you appreciate that your friends in the know do not reveal embarrassing and humiliating information about you. You can show that same mercy.

Pastor Mark Jeske has been bringing the Word of God to viewers of Time of Grace since the program began airing in late 2001. A Milwaukee native, Pastor Jeske has served as the senior pastor at St. Marcus, a multicultural congregation on Milwaukee’s near north side since 1980. In addition, he is the author of six books and dozens of devotional booklets on various topics.

 

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