I had some additional thoughts to add to my video today, so I’m just adding them here on my blog post for today.
The verses I referenced in today’s video were about the fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22-26) and about our words not grieving the Holy Spirit (Eph. 4:29-32). I’d like to share a few more verses that I feel fit into this week’s video and I just didn’t have time to put into the video. I kind of went blank there for a minute in the video…love those “duh” moments! :-P
“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Matt. 22:36-40
This verse, along with the other verses, helps us get an even clearer picture of what our interactions with one another online should look like. Would you want someone treating you in the same way as you are treating them in your manner of address to them? If the answer is “no”, then don’t post it.
As I stated in the video, there will be times when we are offended or have disagreements. That’s going to happen. But if your response is simply from a place of hurt pride and/or vain arrogance, and is devoid of love, you are likely not going to respond in a way you would want to be treated yourself.
Furthermore, there are also times where a rebuke is necessary. But a rebuke need not be done openly and publicly to humiliate the individual, nor does it need to be harsh and accusatory. If you truly care about the individual you are addressing, the motivation of love will make your words understood and clear instead of just sounding noisy and loud. In addition, you will address them in a spirit of humility and in a way you yourself would wish to be addressed. It’s that simple. I doubt you would like someone calling you names or sticking insulting labels on you just because you don’t agree with them.
“…for the accuser of our brethren as been thrown down,, who accuses them before our God day and night.” Rev. 12:10
We already have an accuser. The devil himself. He is at it day and night. He doesn’t need help!! Most of us are probably unaware of what our words sound like or how powerful they are and the impact they have on others. But we need to gain a greater awareness of this fact. I certainly don’t want to be hurling insults and throwing labels at my fellow brethren just because I disagree with them over something that is an irritation to me or it’s something I see clearly as wrong for me. If it’s not a salvation issue, a doctrinal issue, etc., it’s something we should be doing a lot more praying over than talking about. As believers, we’re under enough attack as it is from the devil. What a shame when we pick up the rocks that the enemy himself uses against us and throw them at our own brothers and sisters. What are we doing? The past few months on Google Plus has put that question in my mind:
WHAT ARE WE DOING?!
So what does any of this have to do with songwriting and sharing music? Well, I’ve encountered enough bullying that I’ve wanted to quit at times. It’s crushed my spirit and broken my heart when I’ve done my very best and prayerfully answered others and their response in turn has been full of false accusations and anger. It’s made me wonder if this is even worthwhile. But it is. And I’m slowly coming to find what God’s way through it all is for me. It gets clearer every day and I’m thankful for that.
Wrapping things up, I would just encourage each of us to examine our own hearts and motives while posting and commenting. Are your words helping or hurting? And it goes without saying that all this instruction from God’s Word applies to any conversation, not just the ones online. =)
Continuing on in the strength of the Lord,
~ Adriel ~