We need to watch what we say, and no I am not talking about the obvious stuff like gossip, slander, profanity, etc. What I am talking about is when one of your friends come to you in confidence, seeking some encouragement or just wanting to have someone listen, that we be careful what we tell them. Recently I have come across a situation where a friend was unclear on a particular situation and got railed on by another friend about how their “theology” was screwed up. When will we get over ourselves? NO one on this planet has perfect theology! We need to seek the Lord on what to say. Even Jesus took a moment and played in the sand before replying to the accusations of the pharisees in John 8:1-11. If Jesus took the time to ask the Father for what He should say, how much more should we? Here is a little story I ran across today, it really pulled my heart strings about some of the stuff I have said. It is an excerpt for Elizabeth George’s “A Woman’s High Calling”:
<blockquote>”There was once a pair of inseparable friends. One day one of them heard a story about his friend, and believed it, not trying to find out if it was true or not and he told another friend. The story soon grew. His friend found out and their friendship ended. The man who suffered the slander fell critically ill and was on his deathbed . The one that spread the slander found out and went to see him, he confessed his error and asked for forgiveness. The dying man forgave him immediately.
-Now- said the dying man- I want you to do something for me. Take my feathered pillow and spread the feathers on the yard.
Though he thought it was a weird request, the visitor did what he was asked for and returned beside his friend’s bed
-Now- said the dying man – go pick all the feathers up.
-That’s impossible- said the other.
-That’s right- said the moribund- I forgave you from the bottom of my heart for spreading all those stories about me, but not even my forgiveness repairs all the harm done.
The slander stories spread can’t get repaired.”</blockquote>
“A Woman’s High Calling”