BY: Amy Wagner
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BIBLE TEXT: Prov 3:5-7: ” Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.”
PERSONAL REFLECTION: I have to admit…I am addicted to Facebook. I love being able to stay in touch and talk to friends and family. However, I was disturbed to see a post from a young man praising the name of God only to get entangled in a not so Christian-like head to head with another young man (non-believer) over Christian behavior. It actually brought tears to my eyes because as innocent as the post started out; the end of the conversation was anything but Christ-like.
PERSONAL APPLICATION: Talking to unbelievers can be like walking a tightrope. We want to be honest and candid about our beliefs but at times we can get aggravated at their opposition and turn a simple discussion into a heated argument. As unintentional as that may be, we have to refrain from arguing with anyone to the point of being cruel in our choice of words or downright un-Christ like. What’s the point in arguing that Christ is the only way to salvation if we are going to tarnish Christ’s name with name calling and criticism? The enemy WILL attack when we are trying to be the light. Why do we allow him to infiltrate our attempts to reach people? Stand strong in your belief of God, but remember who you are representing in your communications. You can argue a case for Christ…or speak for the enemy.
PRAYER: Lord, keep me mindful of my words and actions especially when I’m claiming Your name to those You want to bring home to You. Don’t let my tongue do harm. I don’t want unnecessary and unkind words coming from my mouth when all You want is for me to show them Your love. Let me speak with kindness and compassion to those who haven’t met You yet. Amen.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
By the grace of God, John and Amy Wagner live in Mt. Juliet and have been married 14 years with three children (Andrew, Brianna and Alex). They have attended Life Assembly since 2005 and serve the church within the children and adult ministries. Amy is currently a Veterinary Technician but also working full time toward a degree in psychology for professional counseling with a focus on children and teens of domestic violence and drug/alcohol abuse. “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”– Romans 8:28