10/17/2009 - Two Things You Must Never Do Proverbs 25:18-19
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Two Things You Must Never Do


REFERENCE: Proverbs 25:18-19 Telling lies about others is as harmful as hitting them with an ax, wounding them with a sword, or shooting them with a sharp arrow. 19 Putting confidence in an unreliable person in times of trouble is like chewing with a broken tooth or walking on a lame foot.


Observation: Sometimes we lie about someone without even really knowing that we are doing it. It’s not that we set out to lie, we are just passing on what we have heard--it just so happens that what we heard is not the truth. We need to remember that even when we are not intending to lie, what we say can still wound and destroy the person we are talking about. What is the key? Don’t lie but also don’t pass on gossip that we hear about others. It can be so very destructive.
We need to think carefully about who we call upon in times of trouble. In fact, we need to consider carefully the relationships we build before trouble comes. If we look to be close to those who are reliable as people, if we are reliable ourselves, then when trouble comes we will have the help that we need. Dependability ought to be one characteristic that we look for in close friends and that others can find in us.


Application/Confession: I have had lies told about me and I can attest that it causes great pain and destruction. I want to watch my mouth and to make sure I don’t pass on gossip, "possible lies", about others.

I have made the mistake, too often, in thinking that I can “fix” broken people and ending up trusting them in tough times and being let down. Doing so has really cost me. It has taught me to never stop loving and caring for the “unreliable”, just don’t make them my go to guy or gal in time of stress.

Dear Lord, teach me how to trust, love and minister to those You have given me to care for but help me to be as harmless as a dove and as wise as a serpent when it comes to these relationships.

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