Can you keep a secret?

Monday 12 March 2012

Have you ever told someone something private about yourself only to find out later that they did not keep it to themselves? Or vice versa? There are times in life when we like to share things about ourselves with others, perhaps to gain their perspective or help, and it’s nice to know that the person we talk to is able to keep a confidence.

Proverbs 11:13 (NLT) says, “A gossip goes around telling secrets, but those who are trustworthy can keep a confidence.”

It’s an awful feeling when you find out that someone has gone and ‘told the world’ about something you shared privately with them. You may feel betrayed, embarrassed, angry or hurt.

So what about you? Can you keep a secret? What do you do when someone shares something with you? Keeping something between yourself and another person shows that you care about them and that you are a trustworthy friend. It builds trust in your relationship and enables you both to share openly and freely, knowing that what you say is kept safe.

However, there are a few exceptions to keeping secrets. A friend may reveal that they are in real danger or experiencing abuse. In these situations, think carefully about how you respond to your friend when they ask, “You won’t tell anyone, will you?” Out of concern for them, you may need to tell another appropriate person who can help.

A Girl of Wisdom is a trustworthy friend who does not spread idle gossip. She is the kind of girl who can be relied upon to keep the things shared with her close to her heart.

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