Fellow blogger, Chelsea Dent at Getting Personal With Momma Dent just wrote a great post: “Debating Controversial Topics: Does it Bring God Glory?” She brings a much needed balanced perspective on all the hot button issues surfacing on social media. I have been guilty of this myself, and I am trying to balance out defending the truth with honoring God’s instructions for how we are to get along as fellow believers. Finding that balance between love and truth is easier said than done, but it is important that we let God continue to work on our hearts and show us how to live this out and honor him.
Highlights from the Post:
- 2 Timothy 2:23 ” Have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies; you know that they breed quarrels.”
- Ephesians 4:29 “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.”
- Titus 3:9 “But avoid foolish controversies, genealogies, dissensions, and quarrels about the law, for they are unprofitable and worthless.”
- James 1:19-20 “Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. “
- Matthew 7:1-5 “Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.”
- John 8:7 “And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, ‘Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.'”
- 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 “Love is patient and kind;love does not envy or boast;it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way;it is not irritable or resentful;it does not rejoice at wrongdoing,but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things,believes all things,hopes all things,endures all things.”
“So, think about how you can be loving to others on Social Media. Try to focus your responses on coming from a place of love. If they come from a place in which you feel the need to be right, then don’t respond. It can turn into a “foolish controversy.” Don’t be afraid to hold someone accountable, but focus on your motive. Love is gratifying, being right is not.”
~ Chelsea Dent, Blogger at Getting Personal with Momma Dent
Be sure to visit her blog to read more, and give her some love.