Exercise Discretion

“Discretion will preserve you.”                          Proverbs 2:11 NKJV

We’ve all said the wrong thing, at the wrong time, to the wrong person, and ended up regretting it. A pastor was being honored at a retirement dinner, and a local politician had been asked to make a speech. The politician was running late so the pastor decided to say a few words: “When I came here twenty-five years ago I thought this was a terrible church. The first man I talked to said he’d stolen, lied, embezzled, had an affair and done drugs. I was appalled. Then I realized everybody isn’t like that; this church is filled with good people.” Just then the politician arrived and stood up to speak: “I’ll never forget the day the pastor arrived and I had the privilege of being the first church member to talk to him.”

Loose lips sink ships! The Bible says: “Discretion will preserve you.” Being discreet means having the ability to keep sensitive information private – including things you may have heard years ago! The writer of Proverbs said, “He who is trustworthy conceals a matter” (Proverbs 11:13 NAS), and in the New Testament Paul cautions believers about discussing “things not proper to mention” (1 Titus 5:13 NAS). Divulging what you know about other people’s problems and failures may make you feel good momentarily, but afterwards it has a predictably negative impact on the relationship. Plus, you get a reputation as a person who can’t be trusted. A wise man said, “If your lips would keep from slips, five things observe with care: of whom you speak, to whom you speak, and how, and when, and where.” That’s advice you would do well to pay attention to!


This message taken from: Daily Devotional-The Word For You Today