"The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences." Proverbs 18:21 NLT
The most powerful weapon you have is your tongue. I mean that both literally and figuratively.
In our modern age, "the tongue" is also "the fingers". We have people who post on social media that say horrible things, and others posting pictures where someone else has put words on the picture, then it's posted to hurt someone.
This has got to stop. ESPECIALLY among Christians.
In 1 Thessalonians, Paul wrote to the new church to encourage them. Verse 9-11 says this,
"For God chose to save us through our Lord Jesus Christ, not to pour out His anger on us. Christ died for us so that, whether we are dead or alive when He returns, we can live with Him forever. So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing."
Are we building each other up? Or tearing each other down?
Just a little further down in that chapter, verse 15 says, "See that no one pays back evil for evil, but always try to do good to each other and to all people."
I realize it's hard when things get heated among folks. Even in online discussions. But two wrongs STILL don't make a right. So, fighting with someone just to be fighting with them is not helpful.
Also, when you saying things to people, keep in mind Proverbs 18:14, "The human spirit can endure a sick body, but who can bear a crushed spirit?" Our words can crush spirits. That's a hard thing to come back from.
Oh...and let me tell you this.. if you don't read anything else, please read this:
GOD DOES NOT NEED YOU TO DEFEND HIM.
Let me just take a second and be as completely transparent as I can....
God does not need our help. Period.
I know, I know, you are thinking, "But what about the 10 commandments? What about people who are living in sin and doing wrong? We need to tell them."
NO, you don't.
Most people know that they aren't living right or that they are doing wrong. Plus, even Christians sin every day. We aren't perfect. So why do we feel the need to tell others that they are wrong?
That's God's job. God judges. Not us.
What we are called to do is LOVE!
Jesus told us in John 13:34-35, "So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples."
Jesus did not say, "Fight with people about Me. Tell them how wrong they are."
We are called to LOVE!
Your words can feel loving or hateful. Which will you choose?