Don’t jump to conclusions ...
Don’t jump to conclusions — there may be a perfectly good explanation for what you just saw. In the heat of an argument, don’t betray confidences; Word is sure to get around, and no one will trust you. -Proverbs 25:8-10 MSG
Reading these verses I am reminded of the many times that I have rushed to judgment about something or someone only to change my mind later - it is foolish to act before you have all of the information. So why do we do it? What is there about each of us that judges before we have all of the information? I wonder if sometimes we project ourselves into a situation and we discern a person's actions based on how we might have acted in a similar situation?
Solomon tells us that a consequence of rash behavior, acting before we have all of the information, is that people will have a hard time trusting you. Such is the nature of people who rush to judge others. Consider how little you trust those who feel free to gossip to you about other people - do you ever wonder what they say about you when you are not there? In contrast there are some who can listen to our heart and never break the confidence we have shared.
Help us Lord to be people who listen, really listen, before we act. Teach us to be people of integrity.