I wrote this devotional last Fall as part of a Church wide study that would be used in the Spring. Ever since I penned these words I’ve carried them with me. Words can be so powerful in that way. Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never harm me. Does that rhyme ring a bell? It could not be further from the truth. Words are so powerful. The Bible addresses our words, our tongue, our speech, many times through warning and instruction.
Our words tell others who we belong to.Our words tell others who we are. Our words tell others the condition of our heart.
Social media can be used for good or for harm. These past few days I have seen so many people sharing posts about a certain author that wrote a certain book. I’m not going to share any names, I don’t think I need to, I don’t think it would be the right thing to do. The audience (folks sharing the negative post) were upset with the author because they didn’t agree with her beliefs on certain things. Their concern was that it was misleading. While I understand their concerns I think we Christians can do better than this.
Let’s keep in mind that as Christians we are all on our own individual walk with Christ. This looks so different for each of us. If someone is speaking from the place where they are currently and that’s all they know, let’s not be so quick to beat them over the head with the Bible. God is growing them. We are not other peoples Holy Spirit.
Should we have discernment? ABSOLUTELY!
Should we know THE truth that is in God’s word? YES!
We all should be growing in Biblical literacy.
Are we all at the same place? No.
Will we ever know everything about the Bible and God? Never
We should have discernment. We should make wise choices with what we fill our minds with, what our eyes see, what our ears hear. We should stand up for God’s truth according to the Bible… this is where we need some work… what is the most loving way we can do this? By sharing a post raking our sister in Christ over the coals publicly, pointing out every single sentence where her knowledge of the Bible doesn’t add up to ours? Instead of hitting share on a negative post, why not gather some ladies together and go through the book along side the Bible? This is what the author said, lets see what the Bible says about it. Take a proactive stance if you’re concerned. Maybe instead of a protest against our sister, we could invest into our sisters. Sharing a post requires one click. It’s easy. Too easy. Investing requires something from us. It requires commitment. It demands that we be full of God so that we can pour from our fullness.
I just can’t imagine Jesus himself sharing a post like that, or any post that spreads anything but love. I can’t help but think as a Father he is saddened when He sees His children treating one another this way. I know as a mother of seven I would be disheartened to see my older children berating my toddler over something they said. My older children know better, my toddler doesn’t. The older children are to obey me, set a good example for their younger siblings, and love them well. This is our role as children of God.
The world is watching how we Christians navigate this world with our actions and our words.
Let us not forget our Father is too.
We can stand up for the truth while loving one another with our words and actions.
Here is the devotional, A Study of James:
Out-working of Faith
By: Ashley Parrish
READ: James 5:19-20; Matthew 18:15; Galatians 6:1; Malachi 2:6; 1 Peter 4:8
The Book of James closes in a very practical way saying winning others to godliness is our greatest work. Living in such a way that draws others to know and love Jesus is one of our greatest callings as believers. Everything we do as believers carries witness to the world around us, which is why we must live a life of righteousness. To know God’s word, believe it, and live it out is what the Book of James is telling us to do. Make no mistake that there will be trouble in this world, which is why we are to stay deeply rooted in God’s word, while encouraging other believers to do so as well.
We have been given charge by God to love others by speaking truth into their lives with mercy on our lips. As believers, we are servants of God, which means we are servants to sinners in such a way that we continue to bring them back to the truth, which is God’s word.
True love calls sinners to repentance.
There is truth to be followed, sin to avoid, forgiveness to be given.
Which area are you needing God’s help in the most today?
Let’s speak God’s truth with mercy on our lips.