Too Much Information!

You’re being real. You’re applying the message of James 5:16 and confessing sins to each other and praying for healing. Intimacy is vital to growth in a relationship. So, when does this become a problem? Here are a few things to consider before letting it all hang out:

*Use discretion. Not everything should be shared with everyone. Listen carefully before you speak. Pray for guidance on when to be quiet. Remember something you say could impact others negatively. Don’t inadvertently cause others to stumble.

*Know your audience. Proverbs 18:24 states, “One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin…” (NIV). If someone you know struggles with keeping confidences, don’t entrust them with sensitive information. Be friendly, but think before you speak.

*Seek out Godly advisors. Rather than going to those who will say what you want to hear, consider asking God for friends willing to sharpen you.

*Share with purpose. Transparency should be beneficial. Sharing struggles helps all involved as long as the focus remains Christ-centered. Repeatedly rehashing issues is wearisome. It can lose the attention of the audience you were trying to reach. Remember Solomon, “Sin is not ended by multiplying words, but the prudent hold their tongues” (Proverbs 10:19 NIV).

 

Kimberly Hart is a wife, mom, and teacher from Gainesville, FL.

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