Telling Or Not Telling Something Sensitive

You know how it goes, somebody tells you something sensitive and tells you not to tell nobody.  It can be a hard situation to be in because if you tell someone then you break your word or lie.  But what if what they told you is so compelling that it almost requires you to tell someone?  For example, what if someone told you they would so something that jeopardizes their safety.  Would you say something to someone who could intervene or keep quiet?  In a case like this, I don’t think I could live with myself if something happened to them so I’d say something even though it may mean them getting angry at me.

What if what they told you was still sensitive, but wouldn’t jeopardize their safety.  Yet, it’s killing you to keep it to yourself.  Do you tell somebody that doesn’t know them.  Or, do you tell someone that does know them and just tell them not to say anything.  This happens often.  I confess I’ve kept a lot to myself but there were times when I just couldn’t.

Now what if you found out something sensitive about somebody, would you tell it?  This is a real sticky one.  There are a lot of factors that go into making this decision.  Does it involve something illegal? immoral?  Will telling it help or hurt someone?  The bottom line is not to spread hurtful things unnecessarily like explained in 1 Timothy 5:13.1  And to keep the tongue in check for what you.  The tongue can be unruly like explained in James 3:18.2

 Scripture references:

11 Timothy 5:13 And withal they learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house; and not only idle, but tattlers also and busybodies, speaking things which they ought not.

2 James 3:8 But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.