Women - how often have you been part of a the proverbial water cooler conversation. Where the conversation starts in a very suggest this, suggest that, then judge this, judge that happens. Before you know it the person called into question and likely by a busy body with an ax to grind; was judged, found guilty and they had no idea any of this was going on. In fact in many cases they don't even have a clue for weeks or months. When finally they hear about the offense that occurred wrongfully. Everyone apologizes, well they should have, but so much damage was done. I see this all too often, and frankly I want to call everyone out. For heavens sake are we still in Junior High School? Even then I thought this was mean girl, stupid stuff. Now it is just plain inexcusable.
Even when it may be based on facts, and your friend is in the wrong: Don't allow folks to berate your friend in your presence. Do not embrace a slanderous report about your friend, unless they are there to defend themselves. A trustworthy friend who have always been there for you, through your ups, downs, changes and turnarounds. They are worth any price, any effort, any defense.
In the end of the day, the flip side is also true. Be very careful not to go after someones character in secret; most especially if that person is a Christian brother or sister. Judgement of their character is NOT our place, it doesn't matter who you are. That is solely in the Lords hands. In the church we lose sight of these details sometimes, it is all too easy to get caught up in gossip disguised as a prayer chain, gifts of discernment getting off track, and somehow through pier pressure or not; Gal's we need to recognize it is from our flesh. We can NOT partake in this, turn and walk away swiftly. In the event, someone that is your friend, or known associate is being called under judgement or attack, simply say this,
Time To Circle The Wagons And Keep Your Friend Protected. Always Remember, True Friends Will Always Have The Same Enemies.
"A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother." Proverbs 18:24
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