A gossip betrays a confidence,
but a trustworthy person keeps a secret.
Gossip is the result of combining two major defects, which are pride and envy. He who engages in gossip is dedicated to his despicable trade motivated by his pride. He considers himself superior to all others and if he finds someone who is better person than him, he immediately dedicates to disqualify the other, spreading all over the place truths and lies, secrets and fabrications, and anything that will cause damage. He who loves to gossip is also encouraged by the envy that is always gnawing at his heart. He can not accept that someone else has more credibility and prestige that him, or that someone else is more respected by all. For such a person the virtues of others are like a slap to his ego. Always beware oh him who brings gossip to you because that person will also disclose to others the issues you consider should be kept private or be considered a secret.
Discretion is a noble virtue that makes his possessor and user to be considered a person reliable and worthy of friendship. Discretion is hard to find. Its two major opponents, envy and pride, are in control of the lives of many who prefer to be guided by their own passions than by the Holy Spirit. Discretion may be exercised only when the person has self-control and we know how spiritually immature is the vast majority of the human race. Where there is gossip there can be no love . My loving mother in law always says: “He who loves, pays heed.” Let us beware, therefore, of giving free rein to our tongue. Remember the saying: “Silence is golden.” Let’s be discrete and we will be a good friend indeed. Only to God be the glory!
The LORD detests lying lips,
but he delights in people who are trustworthy.
If we could understand how abominable lying is to God we would make sure that we always walk through the paths of honesty. No one can refute that lying is something that is much displeasing to God . Especially when our Lord Jesus Christ is the truth and not acting honestly becomes a direct affront against him. But our adversary has done a good job convincing us that lying can easily bail us out and that it brings no serious consequences. Our carnal nature loves anything that does not require some kind of effort. We willingly accept everything that is easy to do, light, not compromising, not a cause for responsibilities or anything that will not complicate our lives . We avoid anything that requires effort, commitment or sacrifice thinking that acting this way will keep us away from anyone who would demand our accountability. Honesty requires commitment, effort and sacrifice, which is why it’s so difficult for our sinful nature to remain in it.
A simple way to avoid falling into the snares of falsehood is to always act with integrity. Do nothing that you can not justify. Let us always act according to the precepts and instructions of God and we will see no need to lie about what we have done because everything will be justified by the word of God. To do otherwise means that we will be exposed to shame when the truth is revealed ─for nothing will remain hidden─ and also that our relationship with God will be affected by the presence of what is abhorrent to him in our lives. Let’s keep ourselves as far away as possible from deceit and hypocrisy and our life will be blessed. Remember that Jesus Christ is the way, the truth and the life. Let us be God’s delight.To God alone be the glory!
Like a snow-cooled drink at harvest time
is a trustworthy messenger to the one who sends him;
he refreshes the spirit of his master.
For those of us who are “enjoying” a very hot summer, the image of snow certainly gives us a nice sense of freshness. In a year when the drought has ravaged crops and decimated the water resources that are within our reach, we cannot wait for autumn and its inseparable successor, winter, to come with their cold and refreshing breaths. Enter a room with air conditioning after exposure even for a short time to the relentless and oppressive heat of the street and you will feel a pleasant sense of relief and tranquility. Likewise we can feel that we renew our spirit and relief takes the place of concern when we have someone responsible in charge of performing the tasks that have been assigned to him and he engages them with great commitment. As we apply the golden rule that Jesus taught us, when we happen to be the executors of the plan we must be very accountable and effective in performing the tasks under our responsibility in the same way we would like that others would carry out the activities we entrust them with.
Many times we do things just for the sake of seeing them fulfilled and to get rid of the concern that bothers us when the tasks have not been fully carried out. There is nothing wrong with that but it is better when the same activities are executed considering the welfare and peace of mind of those who ordered them. Let us be responsible with everything, small or large, that we have been given for our action. The joy of accomplishment and the satisfaction of he who has given us the responsibility of completing the task are the best awards that we can receive. To God alone be the glory!