Privacy Promotes PEACE

PEACE (שָׁלוֹם, shalom; εἰρήνη, eirēnē). A pervasive concept in the Bible that most commonly relates to a relationship of love and loyalty with God and one another.

When I see the word peace I think about Miss Congeniality. All the contestants got up there and answered questions that inevitably lead to “world peace” and then Cheryl, Miss Rhode Island talks about her perfect date.

“April 25th, because it is not too hot, not too cold, and all you need is a light jacket”

Living in the south we rarely see days like April 25th, but that statement, when heard immediately makes the mind think of peace. Peaceful weather. It is unbelievable the number of Christians that are unable to truly experience the peace that God gives.

We find our peace from our Heavenly Father, but there is the second part of that… “and one another.”

It’s been two and half years since our world experienced a pandemic. It was the furthest I’ve seen our society from peace in my lifetime. I watched so many families in discord, friendships ended, jobs ended, and lives were lost.

The biggest place for unrest was on social media. It was legit, ridiculous. I can’t think of another word.

I want to take a current world scenario to show how we can be more peaceful in our presence online. There are many facets of the word peace.

Throughout my own life, I’ve experienced incomprehensible peace from God. Today we are talking about a fruit of the Spirit. This type of peace is the peace Christians must live out.

Something I’ve picked up recently regarding social media is how isolating it can be. We have become a culture that posts everything we do on the internet.

I want to paint a picture for you.

There is a set of girlfriends. They love spending time together. They enjoy each other’s company and genuinely encourage one another. A busy season is in full swing and it’s impossible for them to all hang out. Schedules align and two of them happen to get together. Their kids play, their husbands visit and they eat dinner together. You take photos because you want to look back and remember your children playing together. Fun is had, you go home and think, “man that was fun”.

15 years ago that would have been where it stopped. The other girlfriends may or may not know that y’all got together and that’s ok.

With the current culture….

The photos pop up on social. Your friends who miss you, see them and everyone else does as well. No biggie…all had fun and it was an innocent time to visit.

The truth of it is this-

Satan creeps in and convinces your close friends to be jealous. He fills their minds with lies. The other people think “man I wish I could do stuff like that, man I wish I had kids, and yet again satan creeps into their minds and whispers lies.

Loneliness, envy, grief, and unmet expectations swirl in the group around you.

This is not peace.

Is it your fault? Nope.

Did you do anything wrong? Nope.

Why does it have to be posted? Why can’t it just be time with some friends and you have memories to look back on years later?

A couple of weeks ago I talked about the little ones following you and how your actions affect them. What we post on social matters. I’m not saying you can’t post fun events on the internet, but what I am saying is at the least stop and think… How important is it that I post this? What am I posting it for? Am I seeking likes, loves, and comments on my cute kids?

I watched an entire nation get turned upside down by what was posted on the internet. Measure up your motives before you post. The world doesn’t need to know your every coming and going. Privacy can indeed, be a doorway to peace.

Dear Lord,

Guide us on how we post on social media. Lord I pray we would consider people’s feeling before we post anything on our accounts. Social media is a beautiful thing that can truly bring you honor and I pray as Christians we would seek wisdom from you before we post anything. Lord I love you and thank you for for the platform I am able to have because social media exists. I pray I can honor you with it.

In Jesus name

Amen

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