A BRIEF, PRACTICAL BIBLE STUDY WRITTEN JUST FOR WOMEN
Guest writer – Bethany Noles
MANY THINGS ARE in abundance these days, but often it seems like wisdom is not one of them… 😉
In a world where opinions are tossed like confetti, and we’re one tap away from sharing a thought or snapshot of our lives instantly — how do we make sure we’re doing so in wisdom?
In the middle school I used to teach at, I sometimes saw a poster that read, “Before you share, T.H.I.N.K.! Is it True? Is it Helpful? Is it Inspiring? Is it Necessary? Is it Kind?” I think these guidelines are a great start. Could we, though, find a passage from scripture to guide us in what we say online (and in everything we do)? I’m sure there are very many passages we could use, but here is one:
Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom. But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth. This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice. But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.
— James 3:13-18
If we want to be wise in what we share online, here are some takeaways from James to help us.
— Godly wisdom is displayed through good conduct and meekness. Think of Jesus: He was thoughtful of others, always helping, a washer of feet, someone who focused his time in serving other people, a person not interested in serving himself. Am I following Jesus’ example of good conduct and meekness? If not, I am not living in godly wisdom, and the life I’m living may negate the words I say.
Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant…
— Philippians 2:3-7
— Bitter jealousy and selfish ambition do not produce godly wisdom. In fact, these heart issues are described as unspiritual, demonic, and the root of every vile practice. Is my online sharing an attempt to serve others, or is it the fruit of some inner jealousy or discontent I’m harboring? We read in 1 Corinthians 13 that “love does not envy or boast,” and according to James, wisdom doesn’t either.
— The wisdom from above is…
7. Sincere.Do the things I post come from a sincere heart? Do I truly love people, truly believe the things I profess to believe, truly live the life I’m portraying?
Now, therefore, fear the Lord and serve Him in sincerity and truth; and put away the gods which your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord.
— Joshua 24:14
Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart.
— 1 Peter 1:22
Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.
— 1 John 3:18
So, the next time you’re wondering, “to post or not to post?”, remember James 3. May all we do — online and offline — come from the wisdom of God’s Word. Bethany Noles – amaryheart.net
“God loves you and I love you and that’s the way it’s gonna be!” – Mike