The online world can be a great place to share photos and stories of life’s most joyous moments and events…
… but it can also be a world of anger, jealously, and ugliness as careless words are spewed out without regard to the effect they actually have on those who read them.
So before you make your next social media post – ask yourself these three questions first.
Am I Angry?
Take a step back.
Before you tweet your latest pithy thought or lengthy Facebook rant – take a moment and do a heart check.
If you are overly emotional or angry, it might not be the best time to post.
Ask yourself what your true motive is for posting – because once the words are sent it’s impossible to ever fully take them back.
God’s word tells us to be slow to anger and slow to speak.
Instead of posting, take your anger to God and cry out to Him!
After taking a moment (or even a day), you might realize you no longer have the emotional desire to share.
“A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” – Proverbs 15:1
Does It Build Others Up?
We can post something that is Biblically true and sound, but we can do it in the wrong way.
Hurling insults at others and calling them names does nothing to build up the body of believers – and it certainly doesn’t lead others to Christ.
Sometimes, we forget that the people on the other end of the screen are actually human!
It’s doubtful many of us would say face-to-face the things we post online.
While we should never shy away from speaking Biblical truth, we can do it in a loving way, always pointing others to Jesus.
“So then we pursue the things which make for peace and the building up of one another.” – Romans 14:19
Does This Represent Christ?
It can be easy to post a snarky comment in the moment of a heated online debate.
After all, with so much darkness and sin in this world, it’s hard not to be overtaken by anger and despair at all that’s happening around us.
But remember, as Christians, we are His ambassadors, at all times and in all places, including online!
If we post a sarcastic or demeaning post – we are not representing Christ well.
The online world can be a beautiful place to share Scripture with friends and family, and communicate with others.
But remember, non-believers are watching you more than you realize!
If you profess to be a Christian, but all of your posts are angry and full of rage, how is that going to draw anyone near to Jesus?
May we never compromise on speaking Biblical truth, but may we always do so in a respectful way seasoned with salt.
“Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.” Colossians 4:6
Our job is not to convict others – that is the job of the Holy Spirit.
We can still share God’s truth, never compromising on Scripture or what it says, and do it in a loving way that points others to Jesus.
So before you make your next social media post – take a step back and pray.
Because once those words are shared – they’re there forever!
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