Set a guard over my mouth, LORD; keep watch over the door of my lips (Psalm 141:3, NIV).
A renowned tattoo artist, known for her captivating art, recently embraced Christianity, turning away from occult practices. Her Instagram video, capturing her baptism in a quaint Indiana church, has become a beacon of hope and renewal. Followers and fellow Christians have warmly welcomed her into the family, showering her with congratulations and encouragement. Their comments are a vibrant tapestry of joy and support, reflecting the heavenly celebration for every soul that finds its way home. Remember, as Luke 15:10 states, “There is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” (ESV).
🚫 The Challenge of Judgment: However, amidst the positive vibes, some comments cast shadows of judgment on her past lifestyle, clothing choices, and even doubt her transformation. This judgmental tone has unfortunately affected her non-believing husband, causing him to be wary of the church. In a heartfelt podcast, she urges for prayers rather than judgment.
✨ Words of Wisdom: Paul reminds us in Ephesians 4:29 to speak only what is helpful for building others up.
Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. (Ephesians 4:29, NIV).
Similarly, Jesus warns about the dangers of causing others to stumble (Luke 17:1-3).
Jesus said to His disciples: “Things that cause people to stumble are bound to come, but woe to anyone through whom they come. It would be better for them to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around their neck than to cause one of these little ones to stumble. So watch yourselves. . . (Luke 17:1-3a, NIV)
Let’s embody these teachings in our interactions, online and offline.
💌 Constructive Criticism with Love: If we feel the need to offer constructive criticism, let’s do so privately and with care, as advised in Matthew 18:15.
“If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother.” (ESV).
Approach with love, and end with an offer to pray, showing genuine concern and brotherly love.
🤐 When in Doubt, Embrace Silence: Sometimes, it’s best to remember the timeless wisdom: “If you don’t have anything good to say, don’t say anything at all.” Let’s fill our hearts with kindness and our words with encouragement, creating a community where everyone feels welcome and loved.
🌟 Conclusion: Let’s celebrate each journey with open hearts and uplift each other with words that heal and encourage. Our comments, whether in person or online, should be like rays of sunshine, bringing warmth and light to all.