He who covers over an offense promotes love, but whoever repents the matter separates close friends. (Proverbs 17:9 NIV)
Have you ever shared a secret with someone only to find that the information was not kept private? A sure fire way to ruin a relationship is to break confidentiality. You can rest assured that whatever you reveal to God is kept to himself. God knows how to keep secret things.
Moses tells us in Deuteronomy. 29:29, "The secret things belong to the Lord our God,...."
No wonder Solomon reminds us that "he that disregards another person's faults preserves love; telling them separates close friends." (Proverbs 17:9 NLT) We should be willing to overlook the faults of others because that is what our Lord does for us. Aren't you thankful that our all-powerful Savior, full of grace and truth, love and compassion doesn't give us what we deserve?
As an act of love and worship today, look for opportunities to disregard the faults of those around you, and strive to uplift the brethren in Christ.