Out of the mouths of babes and older people, too.
“The mouths of the righteous utter wisdom, and their tongues speak what is just.” Psalm 37:30
I don’t act very righteous at times. A recent example is Sunday night. I couldn’t sleep so I decided to open Facebook and scroll through just to see what my friends were posting. A) I could have been reading my Bible, but chose Facebook; B) I am reading an excellent book about Pope Francis, but I didn’t pick it up; I chose Facebook instead.
Satan won the war. I came across a post that was a “conversation” between some folks that I know through a community organization. They were talking about someone I love deeply. Oh, they weren’t mentioning names. However, anyone who knows these people and reads their Facebook posts knew that these 5-6 people had ganged up against my loved one and decided to use Facebook as a way to garner support for one another.
I am asking you to picture this scene – I couldn’t sleep; I chose NOT to read Scripture, my good book, or pray; I chose instead to look at Facebook; and I happened upon a public gossip session about someone I love. What came next wasn’t pretty.
I am not as convicted by what I said as much as I am convicted about who I said it to. If you read my blog (or my posts), you know I cut to the chase rather quickly. The problem is I spoke in terms that were totally appropriate for older, wiser people, but I wasn’t talking to older people. These young people were simply being young people. They grew up in a social media environment. It was nothing for them to use a social forum to bat insults back and forth. I basically attacked them for doing what they’ve been taught to do. How many of us use texts, Facebook, or email to do our dirty work as opposed to seeking reconciliation in person?
If there needs to be a public confession and admittance of error, consider this it. What’s sad is I could have very simply closed Facebook and began to pray for these “friends.” I could have allowed the Holy Spirit to convict them without my interference. I am glad the person who started the thread made the decision to delete it immediately. He saved a lot of people a lot of embarrassment; most especially me.
James 3:5-6, “Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.”
I must monitor what comes out of my mouth more often. I must monitor what seeps out of my posts, too. Speaking the truth is noble. Speaking the truth in love is spiritual.
Christ’s love was overshadowed by my anger. Please forgive me.
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