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Can You Keep a Secret?

The deluge of disclosures of “all things sordid” are becoming the daily news lead stories.  We are told that the reason for all of the focus on the sins of  “those people” is that it is what the public wants to hear and it raises the level of listeners.  But, it does seem somewhat strange that what we love to hear about someone else’s sinful nature, we are not as pleased when our faults are exposed, told to others, and made “the topic” of those who we call friends. That practice of finding fault and then making sure everyone knows the faults does not breed harmony ever. Here are some reminders about being “careful” what we say and tell.

He who has a secret should not only hide it but hide that he has it to hide. – Thomas Carlyle 

The difference between private enterprise and government? The formulas for making Coca-Cola and Kentucky Fried Chicken are still secrets. How to make a hydrogen bomb is on your newsstand. – Robert Orben,

Proverbs 11:13 – A gossip goes around telling secrets, but those who are trustworthy can keep a confidence.

Proverbs 25:9 – When arguing with your neighbordon’t betray another person’s secret. Proverbs 12:23 – The prudent keep their knowledge to themselves, but a fool’s heart blurts out folly.

Proverbs 18:6-7 – A fool’s lips walk into a fight, and his mouth invites a beating. A fool’s mouth is his ruin, and his lips are a snare to his soul.

Here are verses that remind us not to tell things that should be kept confidential.

1)Don’t associate with gossipers or listen to gossip.

Proverbs 20:19 – A gossip goes around telling secrets, so don’t hang around with chatterers.

2 Timothy 2:16 – But avoid irreverent babble, for it will lead people into more and more ungodliness.

 2) Guarding your mouth

Proverbs 21:23 – Whoso keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps his soul from troubles.

Proverbs 13:3 – The one who guards his words guards his life, but whoever is talkative will come to ruin.

3) God knows every secret.

Psalm 141:3 – LORD, set a guard over my mouth; keep watch over the door to my lips.

Psalm 44:21 – Wouldn’t God find out, since he knows the secrets in our hearts?

Psalm 90:8 – You spread out our sins before you our secret sins and you see them all.

Hebrews 4:13 – No creature can hide from him, but everyone is exposed and helpless before the eyes of the one to whom we must give a word of explanation.

4) Nothing is hidden from His Eyes….

Mark 4:22 – For everything that is hidden will eventually be brought into the open, and every secret will be brought to light.

Matthew 10:26 – Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known.

Luke 12:2 – Nothing has been covered that will not be exposed. Whatever is secret will be made known.