Facebook Shakedown! Opinions—Everybody's Got 'Em

We’ve all seen people use Facebook as an outlet to share their opinion. They may air out their dirty laundry, thinking they’re being “real”. Some may express depressing thoughts, hoping to gain sympathy from their followers. Others may put forth a negative agenda of some sort to stir the pot or attract attention. How about the political meltdowns we have seen! Oy vey!

Here is why I tend not to post opinions or comments:

  1. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. It doesn't mean they’re right, but they do have a right. Why do we all get up in arms over things we don’t agree with? Most people are not right or wrong, they just think differently. And that’s OK.
  2. Why do we post within our friend group as if to persuade people to think like us, and stir up strife for those we claim to love who happen to disagree with our mindset?
  3. We speak love in one post, and spew hate in the next.
  4. What message do we want to share with our Facebook friends? We are not reaching the world, so why are we shaking it all out there with our peeps?
  5. Have you noticed some people post their judgment and paranoia about others, yet they do exactly the same thing? Honestly, if we were brave enough to focus on ourselves and not worry about what others are doing or not doing, "What a wonderful world this would be!"
  6. If you are friends with young folks and children, are you demonstrating and exampling healthy communication? Little eyes are watching and observing our behavior!

Here is what I know. Some people use Facebook as a platform for hiding behind a screen and talking smack. 

If you want to be real, go to the person you want to confront and do it face to face. If you hide behind a computer screen to air it all out, or to bash someone, you’re nothing more than a bully and a coward.

Likewise, if you need to apologize or ask for forgiveness, hiding behind a screen and blanketing your apology for your sin and not going to the person is an insincere effort to own your own part in the situation.

The question is, do you act the same way on Facebook as you act in person in a group of friends? If all your Facebook friends were in one big room with you, would you say the same things you type?

Facebook can be a great little tool for connecting, yet many misuse it because they are driven by their emotions. Many are seeking attention, even it if comes from being negative and stirring up strife. Many people use it to take their anger out on others. 

Please think before you post. Will your words help anyone? Will they encourage? Are they nice? If you can’t be nice, or if you feel the need to stir up strife, join a debate group. Do you feel the need to set everyone straight? Why? What gives any of us the authority to play Facebook police? LOL. Don't we have better things to do?

Sharing is caring when we are not attacking. Facebook is not Reality Land, friends. It is an outlet that is used for many different reasons. Let’s try to use it for productive reasons—to edify, encourage, and educate. Let’s look to empower others. 

With that said, I guess I have an opinion, too. I share mine with hope that we can see the need to speak life, share love, and be encouraging as we seek to receive life, be loved, and be encouraged. 

’Tis the season to be giving. Let's give the gift of positive affirmation. There is good in EVERYONE. We just have to be brave enough to see it. When we face our own insecurities and fears, we come to see people are not what we have made them out to be.

To those who are sending out powerful messages of change, hope, love, and encouragement . . . you inspire me! The world needs more love, peace, and joy.

It’s refreshing to see so many positive posts uplift my day. I am honestly so delighted to see how others are growing, aspiring, and reaching for their goals! Thank you. You make a difference!

That's love, folks. Love is beautiful when it’s shared. It starts with us. With me and you.  Let's be the change the world needs to see. 

With much love for the brethren!

Here We Grow!

“If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses. If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector.” Matthew 18:15-17 ESV

“If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.” Romans 12:18 KJV

“You may think you can condemn such people, but you are just as bad, and you have no excuse! When you say they are wicked and should be punished, you are condemning yourself, for you who judge others do these very same things.”Romans 2:1 NLT

“Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend's eye.” Matthew 7:5 NLT

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