We were having a casual conversation about a couple of people. About people who didn’t see eye to eye and tried to stay away from each other when they should be trying to get along. We weren’t saying anything that wasn’t true. We weren’t being mean. We were just talking about other people. Behind their back. When we thought it was safe to say those words.
Then I turned and there she was. One of the people we were talking about. She was sitting there the entire time. Did she hear our conversation? We were saying her name. Talking our truth about her. We were whispering. I think. Does whispering make it ok? Am I guilty only if she heard me?
I don’t think so.
Let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord my Rock and my Redeemer. ~Psalm 19:14
I’m guilty of saying the words. I don’t want to be guilty of getting caught.
I said the words behind her back that I wouldn’t say to her face. They weren’t mean words. They were words pointing out someone’s weaknesses. What I thought were their weaknesses. I said the words because I thought I wouldn’t get caught. And now that the person may have heard my words, I’m sorry. I feel guilty.
I know how I would feel if I heard others talking about me. Especially if they weren’t singing my praises. And we weren’t singing anyone’s praises.
I wouldn’t have given the conversation a second thought if she hadn’t been sitting there. I’m as guilty as those people who make public apologies because they’ve been caught. Are they sorry for what they did or said? Or are they sorry they got caught? I always wonder.
Now I’m walking in their shoes.
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 cursed others. ~Ecclesiastes 7:21-22