Put It Away

“So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander.”
1 Peter 2:1

I am on Twitter (@edblonski and @truemen). I am on Facebook. These two social media powerhouses are excellent ways to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with a so much wider audience than I can in person, face-to-face.

That’s why I use them.

I broadcast a short devotion Monday through Friday on Facebook Live. I post a written devotion also.

I interact with dozens, and sometimes hundreds, of people every day.

But if you’ve ever been on Facebook or Twitter you know that there is a negative side to them.

If you spend any time on Facebook or Twitter you are quickly confronted with hate and vitriol like nothing or nowhere else!

So many people spouting so much ugliness about politics, religion, race, sports teams, celebrities, and on and on.

Twenty years ago I wouldn’t have thought that much unkindness and impoliteness and hatred could possibly exist!

This is where the 1 Peter 2 passage comes in. I try very hard to do what Peter says in verse 1, especially on Facebook and Twitter. Our world might be a more peaceful place if more people also did that – on social media as well as in the real world.

Of course, sharing the Gospel face-to-face is, by far, the best way to carry out what Jesus empowered us to do with his death and resurrection.

This is where carrying out 1 Peter 2:1 will have its greatest effect.

Do not doubt me on this. People are watching us Christians. Closely. And if we do not put away all malice, deceit, hypocrisy, envy and slander, then they will not listen to us tell them about Jesus Christ!

It’s all about relationships, and that is what Peter is getting at. What he’s telling us to “put away” will have the result of strengthening our relationships with other people.

Jesus modeled this kind of living perfectly. He loved the unlovable, touched the untouchable, and prayed for those who were killing him.

When Jesus called us to proclaim his Gospel to the world, the Holy Spirit inspired the Scripture writers to tell us how to build relationships so that we could do this in the most effective ways possible!

Whether we are on social media or talking to someone at the coffee shop or in the produce aisle, put away all the ugliness and love others as God in Christ loves us!

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