Most of us have friends on social media who don’t ever interact with our posts, photos, or comments.
Their lack of response can cause us to feel snubbed, rejected, left out, feeling insecure like something’s wrong with us, and more. Their lack of response tempts us to mirror their behavior by only showing love to those who show love to us.
Feeling this way may be a misalignment of our own hearts, fueled by past hurts and insecurities. So it’s good for us to look at ourselves, to see if we are looking to others for approval and worth, rather than resting in God’s love and the priceless value He has given us.
Also, it’s important for us to check our motives for being on social media, asking ourselves if we are looking to clicks and comments for acceptance rather than believing and having confidence in what God says about us?
As well, to understand that social media reveals only a narrow representation of the other person behind the screen. Since we don’t really know all that may be going on in their lives, we don’t have to see their participation level as a reflection of our relationship with them.
So rather than writing off others who aren’t treating us in the way we hope, Scripture reminds us, “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them” (Luke 6:32).
Rather, we can go against the flow and love others by interacting with them online—recognizing them, encouraging them—in the way you would like to to be interacted with. By doing so, we are choosing to follow Jesus’ directive in Luke 6:31 to, “Do to others as you would have them do to you.”
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