Do not break trust by divulging what is shared with you in strict privacy. Counseling is undertaken on the condition that what is private will stay private. “A man of understanding holds his tongue. A gossip betrays a confidence, but a trustworthy man keeps a secret” (Prov 11:12,13). However the words of Jesus often come true, “There is nothing hidden that will not be made known…What you have whispered in the ear in the inner rooms will be proclaimed from the housetops” (Lk 12:2,3). We need to keep a close watch on our tongues so we don’t let slip what has been shared with us in confidence.