Have you ever said something that you wish you wouldn’t have said? We all have. James warns us in chapter 3 verse 8 that no man can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.
Much of our communication throughout the day happens on Facebook, Twitter, e-mail, text messages, etc. Communication that does not require the use of our tongues. But:
For from the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, sexual immoralities, thefts, false testimonies, blasphemies. These are the things that defile a man…” Matthew 15: 19-20
Sometimes we let our heart do the talking
without our brain being the filter.
Sometimes we share too much.
Our written words are more permanent than spoken words. Not only do they hurt once, they can hurt again and again. Even when we don’t intentionally try to hurt, we can still hurt others… or ourselves.
Scale back how much you post. Not everyone needs to hear unfiltered heart.
I love to pass social media through what I call the Philippians 4:8 filter:
Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable—if there is any moral excellence and if there is any praise—POST, LIKE, SHARE, RETWEET on these things.