When I was a new believer I presumed that all believers are good. I used to
trust people very easily. My mom told me to be careful about trusting people
Îjust like thatâ. She said that I get easily carried away by peopleâs sweet
talks, believing them to be true.   

Not that I am so innocent but I seldom doubt othersâ motives with those
whom I associate. However many bitter experiences with believers taught
me this fact: not all who call themselves as believers are truly transformed
Wisdom More precious than Gold by Irene
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Many who were well-known in the church (leaders and businessmen) cheated my family in money
matters. Those who took money from my dad for promoting business and for construction work did not
do their jobs and were non-contactable soon after. We as a family did not carry any grudge against them
(or take any action through the church) but instead, we left those matters with God. What hurt me the
most though was the fact that those who called themselves believers and did a lot of evangelism turned
out to be worst than non-believers.   

I remember the Lord's Word in Matt 7:21-23 (NIV) where Jesus says - 21 Not everyone who says to me,
"Lord, Lord," shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 22
Many will say to Me in that day, "Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in
Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?" 23 And then I will declare to them, "I never knew
you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness."    

I have come across people who are not truly transformed or renewed but go around carrying a spiritual

My lessons learned from my personal experiences have not made me skeptical about believers. I still do
trust people; for I believe that each one is unique. I only ask the Holy Spirit of God to give me wisdom
and discernment when associating with people and making decisions or choices because I believe that
His wisdom is more precious than anything else.