September 1, 2004
“. . . discover not and disclose not another’s secret.” (Proverbs 25: 9)
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Precious Disciple of Jesus Christ, the Daystar,
When I was growing up, my mother used to say that if one finds a loyal friend, one is truly blessed. My life experience has proven my mother right.
What is a loyal friend? A loyal friend is one who will stick by you no matter what. A loyal friend will always speak the truth to you in love. And a loyal friend will always keep a confidence.
Unfortunately, few people today hold sacred the confidences of another. Perhaps we’ve all had the experience of sharing some very personal things with someone only to have that person share our information with others.
It is very tempting to pass on a confidence, especially if it is “juicy.” But the Word of God commands us not to disclose another’s secret.
If someone has confided in you, accept that gesture as the highest of compliments. Unless retaining the confidence is harmful to the person who shared it or harmful to others, or unless the confidence must be revealed for legal reasons, keep the confidence at all costs.
Even in cases where the confidence must be revealed for safety or legal reasons, make sure you tell the person who trusted you with the confidence that you must reveal it and why.
Your sister in Christ,
Dr. MaryAnn Diorio
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