Let's face it, becoming a Christian is not an easy path to choose. The Bible itself says: “Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.” Matthew 7:14 NKJV As Christians, we are called to be set apart, to be holy. It only goes to follow that what we say, or write, is an extension of our lives and therefore must be holy as well. In view of this, there are a few important questions to ask yourself while you blog.
Before You Hit Send
- Do your words accurately represent the One whom you serve?
Because we belong to our Savior our words are essentially not our own. They should be indicative of our King. I am not saying that each and every word should be a Bible verse – though it would be wonderful to repeat His precious words to your readers. What I am saying is that our words should be “laced with grace.” No vile or foul words should appear in our posts. “Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth. . .” Ephesians 4:29.
- Are you writing in haste?When we get passionate about something we feel strongly about it is very easy to write a post and hit send before we stop and think. If the post you are writing is controversial, it may be wise to walk away for an hour or two and come back to it for review before you hit that “publish” button. Perhaps your spouse or a trusted friend could read it before you post it for your readers.
- Can your words be misconstrued?
One obvious negative aspect to the online world is that words cannot express our body language and tone of voice. While you may write with one view in mind, a reader could easily interpret it to mean something else. Look at your post from all angles and make sure that you have done your best to avoid confusion.
- When you respond to a reader, are you using a loving tone?Questions and comments from those who seem to be rude are a fact of life in blogging. Our replies do not have to be in like turn. Instead of firing off an answer telling that person just what you think, temper your reply with a level head and loving words. Turning the other cheek plays an important role.
In the end, let us make sure that our words are pleasing to our Heavenly Father. As children of the King, we want to represent Him to a watching world.
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