Opponents must be gently instructed, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth
2 Timothy 2:25 (NIV)
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In this day of social media, people tend to use their voice to criticize others, denigrating them and even bullying them. Peruse any of the social platforms and you will quickly discover how mean and cutting people can be to others. That should never be the case for the follower of Jesus and particularly when it comes to how Christians respond to those who have a different view on something or who have been critical of followers of Jesus. Listen to how the apostle Paul deals with this issue in 2 Timothy 2:25: “Opponents must be gently instructed, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth.” Everything we say, and post, as Christians, ought to be in order to bring those who oppose the Gospel to the place of recognizing Jesus as Saviour and Lord. We do that by speaking gently and lovingly, even to those who are loud and brash in their posts and comments. We are called to return hatred with love, anger with peace, vitriol with gentleness. Be careful what you post, and how you post, on social media. Let the love of Jesus always shine through.
These have been words from the heart.