Ray McDonald's Blog

Thoughts and Reflections

Watching Our Talk and Type

1 Peter 3:10

For, “Whoever would love life and see good days must keep their tongue from evil and their lips from deceitful speech.”

RayMcDWith the election just past – with the mud-slinging that took place between the candidates – and individuals supporting their candidate – a reminder seemed in order about controlling our tongues (or our keyboards). We seem to have a hard time with this on occasion.

A lot of people air their beliefs and disbeliefs on social media. At times it is informational. At times it becomes ridiculous (IMHO). Free speech on social media has been an issue at times – even expressing hatred – which should never be acceptable. I’ve had to block a few people on Facebook because of the language they use for sure. Today’s passage says – “Whoever would love life and see good days must keep their tongue from evil and their lips from deceitful speech.” Good words for us to heed? Good words whether in talk or type.

Today’s passage is in the middle of a section titled – Suffering for Doing Good – in my Bible. Here is today’s passage in partial context. 1 Peter 3:8–12 – 8 Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble. 9 Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing. 10 For, “Whoever would love life and see good days must keep their tongue from evil and their lips from deceitful speech. 11 They must turn from evil and do good; they must seek peace and pursue it. 12 For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”

These are powerful words for sure. We should remember these words as we post on social media. We should remember our witness for Christ – even as we post on social media. We have our opinions for sure – but people are watching us. They watch to see how we treat others – especially those who differ with our point of view. They watch to see if our Christianity is more than mere words. They watch to see if our faith is real and goes to the very fiber of our being. Even when we feel righteous in our posts on social media – we should be careful how we word our opinions.

Just something for us to think about today as you go on your way.

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November 29, 2016 - Posted by | Advent Thought, Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Leadership, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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