Don’t Blog Angry…

Free retro clipart illustrations at http://www.ClipartOf.com/Don’t blog hurt. These sound like great snippets of advice. In principle, they are great to try and hold to. These also should apply to social media as well. We all have one small problem with actually executing this advice. We are human and imperfect. We all carry hurts, slights, and other bitterness with us every day. Some days we are better at managing it than others.

We try to give it to God and ask Him to remove the hurt. Then, we realize how pleasurable it is to stew over the hurts, and use them to our advantage (pity party, anyone?). So we take them back and become that much more bitter. When the person or group is family, friends, or even your church, it hurts that much more. We want to yell at God that they don’t deserve our forgiveness (even though we know in our heart that they do) and then the gentle loving hand of the Holy Spirit guides us to something like this…

“Come now, let us reason together,” says the LORD. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool. Isaiah 1:18

We have to forgive others. It is not an option.

For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.  But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. Matthew 6:14-15
So, when you get ready to write that scathing tweet, Facebook post, or blog article, Just Don’t.
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Brent Lacy

Youth Pastor. Web Designer. Homeschool Dad. Former Child Abuse Investigator. IT Technician. Writer. Lock-in Survivor. Rural Ministry Advocate. These all describe the experiences and stories that are part of Brent Lacy’s time in ministry. Brent grew up on 160 acres of corn, soybeans and cattle in Southern Illinois. He is currently a Rural Ministry Specialist with National Network of Youth Ministry (NNYM), based in Rockville, Indiana where he lives with his beautiful wife and three awesome kids in the Covered Bridge Capital of the World! His book "Rural Youth Ministry: Thrive Where You're Planted" is available at SimplyYouthMinistry.com and on the Kindle Store.

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