The airwaves are contaminated with information that is clouding the heavens and the earth, shutting out the goodness and glory of the Lord our God. The world is polluted with a poison that spews from the heart, lips, and fingers. Instead of using social media as a place for our secrets, our complaints or our achievements, let us be spreading the Good News of Life in the kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Should there be a difference in what we as Christians make public?
How do we determine what we share through social media?
These questions led me to search God’s Word for what He wants us to publicize. We will look at four areas: Our deepest secrets and sins; our disappointments; our fears and anger; our achievements.
As we scan the following references, let us stop and meditate on those we should heed.
Our Deepest Secrets and Sins
Many consider that sharing our sins before the world can make others feel better about themselves. Let us read what our Lord has to say about our sins.
I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins.
He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea. Micah 7:19
And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins. Matthew 1:21
Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father: Galatians 1:4
In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; Ephesians 1:7
What We Should Remember and Share with Others
We learn from the following references that we are to confess our sins to the Lord.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
1 John 1:9
And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: 1 John 2:1
Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord. Acts 3:19
We have been quickened (brought to new life) who were dead in trespasses and sins; Ephesians 2:1
When James 5:16 speaks of confessing our faults one to another, this does not mean the sins of which we have been forgiven. He is speaking of needs in present circumstances when in times of prayer for one another. This might also relate to the confession of faults against one another.
Disappointments and Sorrows
If we continue to talk about our disappointments – either from childhood or as adults – about our griefs, and sorrows – our minds and hearts will not heal.
What does the Bible teach us about these things?
Our comfort is given by the Lord through His Word and His Spirit.
This is my comfort in my affliction: for thy word hath quickened me. Psalm 119:50
Let, I pray thee, thy merciful kindness be for my comfort, according to thy word unto thy servant. Psalm 119:76
For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope. Romans 15:4
One of the most remembered references is Psalm 23:4
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
In the multitude of my thoughts within me thy comforts delight my soul. Psalm 94:19
Jesus promised to send the Holy Spirit as the Comforter in His place
Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;
Who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.
2 Corinthians 1:3-4
We see in 1 Thessalonians 5:11 the means of comfort in the body of Christ among believers.
Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.
Our Fears and Anxiety
Fear turns into anger toward those we think are responsible for the ills and chaos of the world. Social media is the means for many to strike out — to make their anger known. This does not alleviate the problems that cause our distress. It simply causes more upheaval.
What should we do as believers, followers of Christ our Lord?
Paul wrote the following to the Philippian believers.
Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.
Do all things without murmurings and disputings:
That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:4-9
I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me. Philippians 4:12-13
Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. James 1:19-20
As children of our heavenly Father, we need not boast of our accomplishments. All that we have is of His mercy and grace and for His glory.
For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God. John 12:43
For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 2 Timothy 3:2
Nevertheless man being in honour abideth not: he is like the beasts that perish.For when he dieth he shall carry nothing away: his glory shall not descend after him. Psalm 49:12
Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise and extol and honour the King of heaven, all whose works are truth, and his ways judgment: and those that walk in pride he is able to abase. Daniel 4:37
The Lord shall cut off all flattering lips, and the tongue that speaketh proud things: Psalm 12:3
Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a stranger, and not thine own lips. Proverbs 27:2
Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised. Proverbs 31:30
Thine, O Lord is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O Lord, and thou art exalted as head above all. 1 Chronicles 29:11
Dear Father in heaven, search us and know our hearts, try us and know our thoughts and see what is in us that needs to be displaced with your thoughts and words. Forgive us for wasting your time and the talents you have given us; enable us to use the means of communication in this world to proclaim your love, truth, grace, righteousness, and glory. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
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May we redeem the time online in the short time we have. Thanks Fran for this post
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Wonderful post, Frances. Thank you for your very timely insights.
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Thanky you, David. What I write is usually what the Lord is working in my own life. Blessings.
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Thank you Vincent. Have a blessed week-end.
You’re very welcome Fran and likewise my friend 😎
I do think it’s possible to be honest about our past sins and mistakes without necessarily wallowing in guilt and reliving every detail. If it is part of a testimony of overcoming, God can use our blunders and subsequent victory to encourage those who are struggling with the same things. Otherwise, people are likely to think, “Sure, YOU’re a believer, you don’t know what it’s like to struggle with ____.”
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Dear Ann, I understand and appreciate your comment. My post was primarily concerned with encouraging discipline, discernment, and discretion in public display of our private lives. It was “every detail” that I was thinking of. We can’t always know what other people are struggling with but the word and the life of our Lord speaks to whatever anyone is going through — we are following in HIs footsteps. It is a blessing to have opportunities to minister to those with whom we have had similar experiences in a one-on-one relationship. Blessings as you minister through your blog. 🙂