A Public Service Announcement

I don’t know who needs to hear this, but no one ever saw the error of their ways by being shamed and called names on social media. No one ever said, “That passive aggressive post really helped me to see how wrong I was, so I’m now doing a 360 and changing my ways.”

You are responsible for you. You and you alone will stand before God to give account about your life and how you lived it. You are not called to govern someone else’s life. You can point to what you believe is right in a loving way, but you can’t make other people live by your standards of right and wrong.

I read that people don’t like to be told that they’re wrong or ignorant. It’s better to show them that they may not be seeing the bigger picture or that they don’t see all the pieces yet. I still think that you have to earn the right to speak into people’s lives by how you live with integrity and invest into their lives consistently.

When someone else acts or speaks in a way that bothers or offends you, I recommend first taking the matter to God in prayer before you post about it on Facebook. Then ask yourself what it was that bothered or offended you so much, or whether you’re really upset about something else entirely. Then you can approach the other person in a spirit of love and humility. It’s better to confront in person rather than over text or social media.

It always helps me to remember that I’ve done plenty wrong in my life, and that I have been forgiven much through the blood of Jesus, so I should be equally as forgiving to others.

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