DiscernmentRecently a major publication urged its readers to collect dirt on others and then forward to them whatever they found. Why? They were looking for...
Discover not and disclose not another’s secret. – Proverbs 25:9 AMPC
Recently a major publication urged its readers to collect dirt on others and then forward to them whatever they found. Why? They were looking for dark secrets that might be twisted into stories. Many in the world seem obsessed with this kind of investigation, driven to uncover scoops that can propel their careers.
Politicians eagerly scan the speeches of their opponents, hoping to find statements or actions that can be built into a scandal. Photographers and reporters stalk celebrities, hoping to catch them doing something questionable. These might be common practices in the world, but the Bible urges believers to have different attitudes. In fact, we are to be people of discretion, to be trustworthy. We are to focus on loving people. We are not to be obsessed with revealing the secrets of others. Instead, we are to serve God and be ready to die to self and live for Him to impact lives for His Kingdom.
We are to be people of compassion. As Jesus taught, we are to love “that is, unselfishly seek the best or higher good” for our enemies and “[make it a practice to] do good to those who hate you” (Luke 6:27). We are not to seek to expose weaknesses or mistakes, but to show love instead.
Remember to ask the Spirit to show us how to see people through His lens to impact lives for the Gospel.
PrayerFather, give me Your attitude toward others. Fill me with Your love. Give me compassion and discernment. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Extended ReadingProverbs 25