I see many posts on Facebook giving glory to God followed by a post of how miserable life is. Posts about people who have ‘done you wrong’. Humorous GIFs about seeking revenge, followed by another post of how miserable life is.
What’s wrong with this picture? It is a good thing to give glory to God. Sharing your belief with others, but don’t undo the good by all the negative posts. If you truly believe God is the savior of your life, then do all things to God’s glory. (1 Cor. 10:31).
Matthew 19:26 tells us ” with God all things are possible ” . Professing our love and belief in Jesus Christ is a good thing, but we need to go beyond lip service. Our life should reflect our beliefs.
Jesus has the power to help us through life’s trials. All we have to do is ask. John 14:13 Pray for help overcoming negative attitudes. When you face trials go to God in prayer before you go to Facebook. With God’s help you will find ways to cope with your trials.
He will give you the strength you need to overcome many of the roadblocks in your life. Sometimes, just stepping back and reflecting on a problem will help us see the bigger picture.
When my sons were young I taught them the ‘Thumper Rule’ : “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.” You may be thinking of an adorable little bunny from Bambi when you hear this, but there is nothing adorable about saying mean, hurtful things.
People seem to feel it’s all right to vent their feelings and call out the people they feel wronged them on Facebook. Sometimes they identify the target of their rant, but other times they use the vague ‘you know who you are’ line. That is always unsettling to me.
Did I unknowingly offend this person? Are they talking about me? Who are they referring to? Then my mind might go through a list of known acquaintances. I bet they were talking about… You see where this in going.
A thoughtless remark by someone can spread like wild fire. Like an unconfirmed rumor, it can get quickly out of hand. 1 Thessalonians 5:15 says make sure that you don’t pay back wrong for wrong, strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else.
In the moment, it can be gratifying to post a sizzling retort directed at the situation, but does it really help? No, it perpetuates the problem and can cause division among friends and family.
I could spend a long time on this topic but I’m sure you’ve gotten the point. Facebook is not a washing machine. Deal with your ‘dirty laundry’ at home.
Let your light shine in person and on Facebook. Go to God in prayer for help. Study God’s Word and apply His principles. The peace you’ll receive will help you cope with the moments that steal your Joy.
It’s okay to have fun with social media. Share your beliefs and stay in touch with friends and family. Just take the time to consider the principles you’ll find listed at Phil. 4:8 before you post.
Now, before you start trying to think about why I wrote this post… This wasn’t in response to anything specific. It’s easy to forget how long lasting and far reaching the words we post are.
I’d like to hear your feelings on this subject, so take the time to post your comment below.