Together in Christ: 'Gossips Are Not Trusted!' — Proverbs 11:13

Sunday, July 16, 2023

A gossip betrays a confidence, but a trustworthy person keeps a secret.
— Proverbs 11:13 NLT

Key Thought

Are people reluctant to share their hearts, concerns, or secrets with you? Please think through the implications of this relational proverb. Am I known as a gossip? Have I betrayed confidences shared with me? Do I talk about other people behind their back? Do I associate and listen to what other gossips say?

We must prove ourselves trustworthy of the secrets and private burdens others need to share with a friend. In a world of constant gossip, betrayal, and criticism, we must be an island of concern, character, and integrity. When we are trustworthy, people will be open with us about their burdens, and we can be a blessing to them in their time of need!

Today's Prayer

Faithful Father, I ask for the Holy Spirit's help to be a person of integrity who proves trustworthy over the long haul of life and ministry. I want people to know that they can trust their hearts, secrets, and burdens with me and that I will bring them only to You — I won't gossip or leak their concerns to others. I pray this in Jesus' name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Matthew 18:1-35
  • Galatians 6:1-10


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Illustration of Proverbs 11:13 NLT — A gossip betrays a confidence, but a trustworthy person keeps a secret.

About This Devotional

Together in Christ is a daily devotional that focuses on what Scripture teaches about godly living in relationships.

'Together in Christ' is written by Phil Ware.

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