28 June 2022
Many Christians today have a reputation for harshness and a propensity argue with others. Often they dismiss their own harshness because of the truth of what they are saying regarding that particular issue. In the process they lose sight of another truth. The Holy Spirit empowers us to bear His fruit. That means we have within us the capacity for kindness, gentleness, and self-control — even when we are communicating truth. The Bible instructs us to let our gentleness be known to everyone. Before you make that Facebook post exercise the fruit of self-control. Stop for a moment before you click to submit it. Is what you wrote kind? Will others who read it see gentleness in your words? If the answer to both of those questions is not obviously yes, then exercise some more self-control by rewording it. Often, the best thing to do is to refrain from responding at all. God has not appointed you the corrector of all wrong opinions expressed on the internet. Often the kindest, gentlest thing you can do is give people permission both to be wrong and to see you as wrong too. You can be secure in the fact that the Lord is with you. With that security in your heart, you can let go of that need to prove to everyone how right you are. God's opinion of you is the only one that really matters anyway.
Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. — Philippians 4:5 (WEB)