This is super funny! Seriously, how many times have you texted “LOL” when you didn’t really laugh? We’ve all done it! And I’m sure we all have other things that we have done, similar to this! That’s the thing. In this technology age, we have so much at our fingertips, including the ability to be different than we really are.
Think about your social media life. How often do you type a comment, like (or dislike) a post, or somehow respond to something and it’s not really how you feel? Or it’s an exaggeration of what you feel? Sometimes we don’t even fully read something and we’ve already responded. When we do this face-to-face, people call it being two-faced. However, on social media, it is so easy and so common that we don’t even notice.
You see, in today’s day and age, what we do on social media is an extension of our tongue. It is a way of communicating with others. So what does the Bible say about communication and our tongue?
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.”
1 Peter 3:10-12 ESV
Let what you say be simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything more than this comes from evil.
Matthew 5:7 ESV
Righteous lips are the delight of a king, and he loves him who speaks what is right.
Proverbs 16:13 ESV
If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless.
James 1:26 ESV
Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.
Ephesians 4:29 ESV
I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak,
Matthew 12:36 ESV
Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.
Colossians 4:6 ESV
The Bible has quite a bit to say about the tongue. We could have multiple devotions on the various things. There’s a lot. However, you can see, just by the few verses listed here, that truthfulness and love are paramount. So when you are on social media, what are your responses like? Do you really read the post before you hit the “like,” “sad,” etc button? What are your comments like? What are your posts like? Does this mean we shouldn’t be on social media? No! It can be a great thing! We just need to align our social media “talking” to the standard of the Bible, just like we would with our actual talking. Social media is an extension of our verbal communication. Do your social media and verbal communications match? They should. And they should both line up to the Biblical standards. Our tongues are powerful weapons. The Bible tells us that the tongue has the power of life and death. If that is so, then our “talking” on social media has the same power. How are you using it?
What is your social media “talking” like? Think about your comments as well as your posts. Do they uplift or tear down?
How can you disagree with someone and not tear them down? Do you need to find a better way of disagreeing?
Ask the Holy Spirit to guide you in how you need to change your attitude when “talking” on social media. List the ways that you can make those changes.
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