Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – January 26, 2016
Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone” Colossians 4:6.
I enjoy social media because it’s a great way for me to keep in touch with family and friends. I like perusing the pictures they post and reading their reflections online. But sometimes social media is also grievous. Because—as perhaps you have also realized—there are few places where the condition of the human heart can be so obviously seen than online. Granted, I am often blown away by the kindness shown from one stranger to another through online platforms, but I am even more blown away by the human tendency to become quickly offended.
It seems that some folks are quick to jump to conclusions, rushing to judgment about a situation they know little of. They jump on the bandwagon of bad-mouthing someone they have never met because it feels safer to say mean things behind a screen than in person. But as Christians we are called to a higher standard. It takes care and wisdom to know when and how to insert one’s beliefs or opinions into an online conversation. We must remember that the most godly and loving thing to do may be to not say anything at all when online conversations get heated, and when we do speak, (or text, message, tweet, or post) to be kind.
2 Timothy 2:14; 23-24 says,
“Warn them [the believers in Ephesus] before God against quarreling about words; it has no value and only ruins those who listen . . . Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels. And the Lord’s servant must not quarrel; instead he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful.”
How would the world be different if we took these words to heart? How would others see the love of Christ more in the body of Christ? What kind of amazing impact could that have?
I think these words from Paul weren’t just for Timothy; they are for us now as we not only speak, but text, message, tweet, and post. We are called to be a light to the world, including the online one.
“A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him” (Matthew 12:35)
Prayer: Lord, in those moments when I feel the heat of offense or pride rise in me, help me to submit to your way of holding my tongue. Make me mindful that the world is watching and that I am your representative. Being kind means showing others your love. Amen.
Application: Consider online conversations you have been a part of in the past. Have they been filled with grace and a lack of quarreling like scripture commands? What practical steps can you take in the future to follow God’s will in online communication?
Related Readings: Mark 9:50; Ephesians 4:29; 1 Peter 3:15
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