Monday, August 28, 2017
In Ecclesiastes 7:21-22, Solomon counseled: “Do not pay attention to every word people say, or you may hear your servant cursing you— for you know in your heart that many times you yourself have.”
Reality check: people talk and often do not think about what they are saying—-and often speak misinformed...and I do the same thing.
This is one of the harder things I have come to appreciate: Good people often say the dumbest and most unkind things! But it does not mean that they are dumb or unkind. It’s just a matter of fact that all of us say things we wish we could retract…. and we often hear things we wish we had ignored.
Solomon is also right in that the very thing I dislike (being talked about abusively) I am guilty of doing to others. All of us speak about events and people of which we am ill-informed— so I should not be so bothered when others do the same about me.
But I also get the idea that there is a hidden lessen here about not doing to others what I don’t want done to me. Have you ever noticed that the ones that tend to talk about others the most are the very ones that are also the subject of gossip the most?
Christ appears to have known what He was talking about (imagine that) when He said that we should, “Do unto others as we would that they would do unto us”. And yet I find myself doing the very thing I don’t want done to me all the time! The difference, I hope, is that more and more I do not feel very proud of myself when I get through sharing something negative about someone else. I feel a bit weaker and a lot more vulnerable.
“…whatever is of good report—-think on these things…” Good counsel.