“A good man produces good deeds from a good heart. And an evil man produces evil deeds from his hidden wickedness. Whatever is in the heart overflows into speech.” ~Luke 6:45 TLB
Have you ever heard an intoxicated person talk (or argue) with someone? Oh boy, those words can really sting! It’s been said that “a drunk person speaks a sober mind.” Which would indicate that they more than likely will say something that they ordinarily wouldn’t have said if they weren’t under the influence. This signifies to the fact that this person has been harboring these feelings for a period of time and has never gotten it “off his/her chest.” And out of nowhere, they begin to spew words that come from deep within. And trust me when I tell you, they MEAN what they say! Even after offering an apology, the damage is already done. You can’t take back spoken words. At that point, it’s too late. And nowadays, it seems that social media has become the outlet for these “bullies” and “gangsters.” This seems to be the time of the “subliminal” message. Let me tell you that it’s all a matter of the heart. Understand that what’s in you, good or bad, will come out of you eventually. Whether spoken or typed, what’s in your heart will manifest in your words!
It’s a sure sign that prayer is needed when we begin to text someone, tweet or make a Facebook post and we have to delete it before we even press send. And we do that because 9 times out of 10, we KNOW that it isn’t something that we should send or we know that it’s something that would cause our character to come under question. Chances are, if you feel that what you type/text may make God look bad, DELETE, DELETE, DELETE!!! When it’s all said and done, we belong to the body of CHRIST and we don’t need to bring a reproach on His name or His bride, which is the church. We all have done it. But, when you learn better, you need to do better. And most of us already knew that it wasn’t Christian-like to do, but we had to give someone “a piece of our mind.”
There are people watching us. There are people who are waiting to see you do or say something that is opposite of what you profess. And sadly, many people give those individuals the ammunition that they seek. Ministers, we are held to a higher standard. Does that mean we are perfect? Absolutely not! But, some things ought not be named among us. The next time you want to type, text, tweet, post anything because you are angry, frustrated, upset with someone…ask yourself, “will this cause offense?” “Am I purposely hurting someone with my words?” And if the answer is yes to either, delete, delete, delete. Delete it out of your mind. Delete it out of your thought pattern. Delete it out of your life. Let THIS mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus (Philippians 2:5) This is a righteous mind and your texts/posts..are a result of what’s on your mind and what’s in your heart. Don’t let anyone push you to the point where you get out of character and speak words that are out of the realm of Christianity.
DELETE, DELETE, DELETE!!! PRAY, PRAY, PRAY!
God bless you!