1 Peter 3:9-12 ESV - Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing. For
“Whoever desires to love life
and see good days,
let him keep his tongue from evil
and his lips from speaking deceit;
let him turn away from evil and do good;
let him seek peace and pursue it.
For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,
and his ears are open to their prayer.
But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”
Several years ago, I made the decision to not be on Facebook. The reasons are many! While I admit the few benefits of Facebook, I see the many dangers. My husband and I left the Facebook crowd after dealing with the damage of posts causing division, gossip, infidelity, hurt and more in many counseling sessions.
However, that doesn’t keep others from sharing Facebook posts with me. I have several friends and family members that will send me information about posts. The one theme that has upset friends and family lately is the numerous spiteful posts from Christians. These posts range from differences in political views to differences in child-rearing and everything in between.
My daughter recently shared with me that non-Christian co-workers commented on some hateful comments “Christians” posted online. She shared how embarrassing it was for her (as a Christian) to acknowledge that her co-workers comments were true.
I have witnessed derogatory remarks made by folks who claim to be Christians about people from opposing political parties. A few months ago, I was in the presence of a Christian mother who saw a news reporter on the TV screen whom she disliked and said, “He needs to be shot.” Hearing the mother’s response, the young daughter made her hand to shape like a gun and pointed it at the TV and pretended to shoot the man. The mother laughed!
I was horrified! Christ loved that reporter so much He was willing to give His life for the man. Every Christian I know would state this as part of their creed but so many do not allow that creed to guide their actions.
It saddens me that so many Christians will not follow the command in the verses above. Oh, brothers and sisters, we will give an account for every idle word spoken! (Matt. 12:36)
Let’s be known as the children of peace! Let our speech be always seasoned with grace (Col. 4:6). Whenever someone disagrees with our views, may we not respond with reviling speech – that is, we do not berate, vilify or disparage! As Christians, we MUST learn to speak the truth IN LOVE!!! (Eph. 4:15) Only then will our speech point others to Christ instead of turning them away.
You are God in heaven
And here am I on earth
So I'll let my words be few
Jesus, I am so in love with You
- Let My Words Be Few by Matt & Beth Redman
My name is Lynn Pauley. I'm just a normal woman, with normal struggles. Any success I've found comes from following the Scriptures. I'll update this blog as time and inspiration permit.