NEW YEAR is usually the time we reflect on the year that has passed, count our blessings & what most of us usually do, the famous, new year resolutions. Although having resolutions may be a cliché or maybe it’s getting old, I still think having this concept being introduced to us & being practiced for so many years is a great thing, even if most of us do not follow through. I think, trying would be a good start.
As I reflect on this years actions, one of the things I am strongly compelled to do or change is this-
CHOOSING TO ONLY SHARE & POST POSITIVITY ON SOCIAL MEDIA REALIZING THAT…
1. God is in control.
He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. Colossians 1:17
2. I am in no position to judge others or to give an opinion about their situation. I do not know the background of their actions or words. Unless I am really concerned, I can message them in private.
“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye?” Matthew 7:1-4
3. My blabbing on social media doesn’t help any situation, whether it’s mine or others.
Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. Colossians 4:6
For “If you want joy in your life and have happy days, keep your tongue from saying bad things and your lips from talking bad about others. 1 Peter 3:10
4. One of the fruits of the Holy Spirit is self- control.
“If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit”. Galatians 5:25
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23
Sin is not ended by multiplying words, but the prudent hold their tongues. Proverbs 10:19
5. Speaking life encourages an attitude of gratitude.
Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:18
6. What I post affects others.
Remind them of these things, and charge them before God not to quarrel about words, which does no good, but only ruins the hearers. 2 Timothy 2:14
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
The soothing tongue is a tree of life, but a perverse tongue crushes the spirit. Proverbs 15:4
7. I may regret what I say & post just because of a momentary or passing emotion.
The one who has knowledge uses words with restraint, and whoever has understanding is even-tempered. Even fools are thought wise if they keep silent, and discerning if they hold their tongues. Proverbs 17:27-28
8. I may not be able to control what happens around me but I can control what I say & post.
“What goes into someone’s mouth does not defile them, but what comes out of their mouth, that is what defiles them.” Matthew 15:11
9. I save myself & others from refraining to say & post negative things.
Those who guard their mouths and their tongues keep themselves from calamity. Proverbs 21:23
The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing. Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue lasts only a moment. Proverbs 12:18-19
10. My words have power over life & death.
From the fruit of their mouth a person’s stomach is filled; with the harvest of their lips they are satisfied. The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit. Proverbs 18:20- 21
Hoping for others to do the same & contribute to a healthy atmosphere in one of the most powerful tools we have in today’s generation. Mental health, as we can see & feel, is very vital & powerful. Our words greatly affect that, without even knowing. I need not to summarise the effects of posting negative things on social media. Just naming one like causing depression or worse, death, is more than enough.
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things. Philippians 4:8
A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. Luke 6:45
What are you compelled to do or change for next year? I pray God gives you strength to do things, for His glory! The small or simple things we do for Him are big things in His eyes & they do make a difference. Try it!