We have an inflated view of ourselves. We think we are smarter than we are and that we understand the motives of others and the reasons for their crisis. Often, we can hear just one piece of news and we are ready to convict a person, thinking we know the whole story. But see what God’s Word says about this: “He who answers a matter before he hears it, it is folly and shame to him…The first one to plead his cause seems right, until his neighbor comes and examines him”. We never know the whole story. Therefore, as Pastor Miles says so bluntly, there are times when we just need to shut our mouths. In the case of gossip, we don’t have to know all the facts, come up with a conclusion or judgment, or be involved in it at all. God has not given us the right to judge others. Ask yourself, “Why am I having this conversation? What is the goal? Does it honor God or edify another person?” If not, listen to the Holy Spirit and walk away.
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