"No one can know a person's thoughts except that person's own spirit, and no one can know God's own thoughts except God's own Spirit. And we have received God's Spirit (not the world's spirit), so we can know the wonderful things God has freely given us." I Corinthians 2:2:10-11 NLT
I wonder, do you ever get into this trap? You hear or--maybe even actually personally experience--something that someone has done or said and if it seems out of character, you try to psycho-analyze why that person would say or do such a thing?
Why do we do that? How can we expect to know what that person is feeling or where they are spiritually? Or if we have just heard that it happened, that it really did?
It is not our job to second-guess or mind-read spiritually and emotionally where people are. Only God is capable to do that. We can pray for discernment to help that person who may have strayed, but when we decide on our own what and where that person is, we are doing them a great disservice. For many a broken relationship can be blamed on mind/spirit reading with false results.
With this age of mass communication devices, you know what is lacking? The old-fashioned, face-to-face, let's talk. Sometimes, all that is needed is to have a listening ear and an open heart--God's Spirit will do the rest.
So, the next time you hear a rumor or sense someone is heading the wrong way, don't mind-read. Pray to your Father for insight on how to help this person. And listen to what He tells you. Then you will know that the outcome will be blessed.