Recently, a situation happened that may have cost me a dear friend. Did the enemy get the best of me today? YUP! Do I regret it? YUP!!!! Why is it that we regret things after the fact?
A conversation got blown out of proportion when I told one friend some details about another friend that could have only come from me. While it was happening I felt that I was doing to right thing, but when it got back to the friend, everything went downhill. She did not explode on me, she handled it very classy…and then stopped answering my phones calls. My feelings were hurt. I thought days like this were behind me.
I prayed and prayed begging, “God, please don’t let me loose my friend behind this!…I am sorry!” And you know where God led me? to Ephesians 4, particularly vs. 25, Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body, and 29, Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.
As a Christian under construction, this growth takes work. God is working on me daily and daily he corrects me when I am wrong. I am grateful to be able to hear His voice. I am not for sure if my friendship with her will ever be the same, but believe me I learned my lesson!
Good scriptures to highlight:
A gossip betrays a confidence, but a trustworthy person keeps a secret.
A perverse person stirs up conflict, and a gossip separates close friends.
Originally posted: 5/27/2011