Whenever I go on social networks, I can’t help but notice that Christians tend to drift into two extremes. Some people are very good at sharing the truth about sin but lousy at demonstrating the love of God. Others are all about loving everyone but do so to the detriment of truth. But truth and love are of equal importance.
Christians need to be wise as serpents and innocent as doves. Learning tact and timing is crucial. Sometimes we may have to speak the truth even if it offends. On the other hand, sometimes it is better to remain silent than to say something that will only drive an unbeliever farther away from the truth of God. Listening to the Holy Spirit is key. only then will we be able to discern what to say and when to say it. We should always ask ourselves, “Am I saying this because the Lord has laid it upon my heart, or is it really about satisfying my flesh.”
Some of the stuff we see on social media has less to do with speaking the truth in love and more to do with venting our anger and frustration about the things that we are seeing in the news. When we become too entangled in the things of this world, it can actually cause pain when those things are ripped from us which we, in turn, can redirect outward upon others.
Sometimes we forget that we are to ambassadors for Christ. We are called to represent Him through our words and actions. Jesus set the standard for what it means to “love your enemies”. He walked it out…all the way to the cross. He never complained. Not once! When he did speak, he did so to forgive the sins of the thief and tell him that he would see Him in Paradise. He didn’t ask Him to recount each and every sin, rubbing his nose in each and every one. He just forgave Him.
And then he went farther than that! He cried out to God, “Forgive them, Father, they know not what they do.” He was speaking on behalf of the Pharisees that compelled the Roman leadership to crucify Him. He was speaking on behalf of the Jews that hurled insults and objects at Him as He carried the cross down the street. He was speaking of the soldiers that pounded the nails in His hands and feet. He was speaking of the men that cast lots for His clothing as He hung naked on the cross.
Jesus preached the greatest sermon ever preached. The sermon began with action — He bore the cross. It followed with forgiveness — He died for the sins of all men.
To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.2 Corinthians 5:19
Jesus didn’t deny the sinfulness of man. He died to set men free from sin. This isn’t a message of condemnation. The world already stands condemned in their unbelief. It’s a message of deliverance. it is called “GOOD NEWS”, not “BAD NEWS”!
To hear the gospel as it is sometimes presented (when it actually is presented) by Believers, you would think that we were in a court room prosecuting the unbelievers, with us as the judge and jury. Where is the “Good News”? Sometimes we act like we’re are shocked at how the unbelieving world behaves. If only we were as sensitive when it come to our own behavior.
I don’t think we should pretend as though sin did not exist. I am not advocating a gospel of love without truth. I am merely suggesting that it might be wise for us to pause before sharing every thought that crosses our minds. Our word and the tone in which they are spoken can sometimes have an impact contrary to our best intentions. We must allow ourselves to be led by the Spirit rather than the flesh. We mustn’t react in fear for “God has not given us a spirit of fear” (2 Timothy 1 :7). And, if it didn’t come from God, where exactly do you suppose it came from?
Satan is ALWAYS looking for an opportunity to discredit Christians. He wants to silence our testimony and destroy our impact for the Kindgdom of God. He wants us to be so engaged with surface battles that we neglect to see the deeper spiritual matters of the heart. We can not continue to react to every offense as though it was a surprise. We need to prepare for the worst and give the world, in return, our very best, which is Jesus Christ.
We are in a spiritual battle and our enemy wants us to become so distracted that we forget what we are really fighting for. He wants us to attack the person rather than the lies that have him in bondage. He wants us to fight like a soldier without a general or even a battle plan.
But God wants us to lean on His strength and trust leadership to guide through the attacks of the enemy. We will never win any souls for the Kingdom by surrendering to fleshly techniques for battling the enemy. You cannot exchange hate for hate and hope to break the hardened shells surrounding the hearts of unbelievers. it doesn’t work that way.
Truth and Love are the weapons of our warfare and the Holy Spirit is the guiding General in this war for the Kingdom of God. “We wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high place.” (Eph 6:2) The world has been blinded by darkness. It is our job to shine a light in that darkness. And that light is Jesus Christ in you.
“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” —Matthew 5:6
Let the world see our “GOOD WORKS” that Christ is working in and through us and then — THEN they will glorify the Lord. I encourage you to “SHINE” today, brothers and sisters. Shine your light and preach the “GOOD NEWS”. Let the world see the hope that is within you so that they will desire what you have.