And remember—you don't have to share all of the juicy details with others even their names.
God knows all about it. Are you the right person to pass on this request? Do the people being talked about want this request to be made known? Would they want it repeated if they knew about it? Is the prayer request confidential?
If so, keep it that way! Is this your place? Should you shoulder this prayer burden alone, not shrug it off onto others? Many of us never ask ourselves these key questions. The answers are not always obvious. Think about the person you are talking with.
Are they tempted to be a gossip? Do they seem over-eager to hear bad news?
Do they have a reputation for being safe or unsafe with confidences Proverbs ? Be discerning.
There may be nothing wrong with passing on this request to one person but everything wrong with passing it on to another. What is your motivation for sharing this prayer request?
Is it loving? Is it for the glory of God? Be honest. Do you want to impress your friend? Do you get a surreptitious thrill from sharing the juicy secret?
Resisting Gossip Quotes by Matthew C. Mitchell
Are you passing it on for entertainment purposes? Are you asking for prayer about a situation so that you can stealthily complain? Matthew May we be found faithful. Be sure to check out Matt's Bible study on resisting gossip , and check out the associated videos and DVDs.
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