Respect

2 Timothy 2:23-26 continued..

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This is a continuation of my thoughts on 2 Timothy from yesterday.

I went on a media fast for this past week. Monday morning  this post from 2 years ago, 2nd Timothy 2: 23-25 popped up in my memories. The timing could not have been more perfect.

Social media can be a wonderful tool. I have reconnected with friends I have not seen for years. Shared birthdays, weddings, vacations, life events, sad times, good times. But too often social media becomes a forum for saying things to people you would never say to them face-to-face. Respect like trust is a fragile. When we hide behind online personas throwing verbal insults like punches we lose both.

The scripture below (I hope you will take time to read it and not just pass over it) is a good reminder for followers of Christ  of how we should conduct ourselves in every conversation face-to-face or online.

Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels.  And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful.  Opponents must be gently instructed, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.

– 2 Timothy 2:23-26

My hope is in the days ahead I will remember to use these amazing tools in a way that provokes people to good things. Encouraging instead of tearing down, finding good instead of bad. The goal is always to win the person not the argument.

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