The next time you’re in a con­ver­sa­tion where some­one is spit­ting hate, it’s worth tak­ing a step back. Refuse to join in on the bar­rage, and after­ward you’ll be glad that you didn’t in­dulge

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rar­ity; those peo­ple are few and far be­tween.

But here’s a pow­er­ful re­al­ity: they are the peo­ple we trust the most.

We know the gos­siper who’s for­ever crit­i­cis­ing the ab­sent per­son will soon turn on us af­ter we leave the room; they’ve al­ready shown their true colours.

How­ever, the op­po­site logic is also just as likely to be cor­rect.

The per­son who de­fended the ab­sent per­son will prob­a­bly jump to our de­fence.

They also re­vealed their true colours: they are not a gos­sip.

The next time you’re in a con­ver­sa­tion where some­one is spit­ting hate, it’s worth tak­ing a step back.

Refuse to join in on the bar­rage, and after­ward you’ll be glad that you didn’t in­dulge.

Bet­ter still, make the de­ci­sion in ad­vance that gos­sip is sim­ply not your thing, pe­riod. You’ll prob­a­bly find that peo­ple will find you a whole lot more trust­wor­thy.

The Bible has so many help­ful things to con­trib­ute to us ex­pe­ri­enc­ing re­la­tional health.

Here’s one to help your week­end ahead: “Do not let any un­whole­some talk come out of your mouths, but only what is help­ful for building oth­ers up ac­cord­ing to their needs, that it may ben­e­fit those who lis­ten” (Eph­e­sians 4:29). Jonathon Schroder, New Life Bap­tist Church

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