First things first. Before posting, responding, tapping that like button, or sharing any content, we can work to filter our actions through spiritual lenses as children of God. Ask yourself, “Is what I am about to say helpful?”, or “Could what I post be hurtful or offensive to someone?” While the world tells us that we have a license to say whatever we want to say and be whoever we want to be without regard for the thoughts and feelings of others, the Word of God says the opposite. Matthew 5:16 states, “In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Also, Colossians 3:12 says, “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” Both passages remind us of who we are in Christ and how we should conduct ourselves as a result. In short, light, kindness, and love should rule our behavior so that we can ultimately point people to Christ even through social media.
2. Send a message of encouragement.
Who doesn’t like receiving encouragement, especially when the words feel like they arrived when we needed them most? For example, is someone on your timeline expressing feelings of depression or discouragement? Your friend could likely benefit from a word from you. Proverbs 16:24 highlights that “Kind words are like honey—sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.” Furthermore, Proverbs 15:4 is a reminder that “Gentle words are a tree of life; a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.” Finally, Proverbs 18:21 “Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.” So we can send kind words to someone on our friend lists through the comments or direct message features to speak life. Our words have power, and when led by the Holy Spirit on what to say, we might be the vessel to provide hope for the hopeless, help for the helpless, and inspiration to keep going for those who feel defeated.
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