• You Have a Friend

    He that is void of wisdom despiseth his neighbour:
    but a man of understanding holdeth his peace.
    A talebearer revealeth secrets: but he that is of a faithful spirit
    concealeth the matter.
    Proverbs 11:12-13

    Here we find an answer why there is so much hate and intolerance toward righteousness, God and His people as well as people of moral character. Solomon pinpoints a certain criterion that separates people and that is Godly wisdom. But even those who have not the wisdom of God but have moral wisdom that has been planted within them at an early time in their life would be added to this list. Those that have not any wisdom despise those that do because, in their mind they do not comprehend right, they do not know how to differentiate right from wrong. In their eyes, who actually are in darkness, what they do is right and what the right people do is wrong to them. Those that have an understanding of what is going on in the spiritual world of battle, hold their peace and do not live in fear because ultimately, they know that God is in total control though sometimes it doesn’t seem that way.

    Another thing addressed by Solomon here is faithfulness toward others. When a person is told to keep a secret and fails to do so, he or she is a talebearer or what we usually call a tattletale. There are things that should never be kept secret and Godly wisdom will be needed in this situation. However, when you reveal something personal, it is wrong and you are not a faithful friend. But they who keep the matter within them can be trusted because they have passed the test of being of a faithful spirit and friend. God is faithful to us in all things and He never reveals our improper thoughts to anyone. All of us sin in our hearts and we must confess those sins to Him though He already knows. Confession cleanses the mind and the heart so be at ease when you talk to God and let it all out so the cleansing can begin. If someone does not hold your secret, just chalk it up and don’t hold them in confidence anymore but for those who do keep your secret, you have a friend.