.. but his neighbour cometh and searcheth him.”
This is a verse from Proverbs 18:17 and stands often as a guard to my lips when I would be first to spread a negative story. I spare myself guilt and shame when I realize that eventually truth always shows itself, and decide to stop the spread of a ill rumour about another. My name is all I have for a testimony to the world and to squander it on gossip is a bad investment. But… I have done it plenty of times and still feel the shame. “Discretion shall preserve thee…” said the Preacher ( Proverbs 2:11).
Pastor W Jones