Spiritual Tact

When we tell you these things, we do not use words that come from human wisdom. Instead, we speak words given to us by the Spirit, using the Spirit’s words to explain spiritual truths.  But people who aren’t spiritual can’t receive these truths from God’s Spirit. It all sounds foolish to them and they can’t understand it, for only those who are spiritual can understand what the Spirit means.

(1 Corinthians 2:13-14 NLT)

Facebook has this new feature, it will show the posts made on ‘this day’ from each past year.  What I’ve noticed is that my ‘tact’ has improved over the years (that’s using the optimistic view of the glass is half full), otherwise I would be depressed at how unloving I sounded.  Although I am happy that it’s obvious how much I’ve grown in my walk with God, I know I’m still so far away from the spiritual maturity I seek.  I wanted to share what I’ve learned from viewing my past posts.

I firmly believe in standing up for what’s right, I do not believe Christians should be silent [instead I believe it is our duty as followers of Christ to be the voice, in love, for those who can’t speak up].  I also believe that when we speak out against what is wrong, we have to be discerning about how we use our words.  What is logical to us, is foolish to those who aren’t Believers – so when we make our comments or statuses, seriously consider the tried and true saying of , “What would Jesus do or say?”, after all, Jesus told us:

“…So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other.  Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”

(John 13:35 NLT)

People aren’t going to be won over by our ability to quote scripture or beat them down with “Christian” logic (remember they don’t have the Spirit of God, so they honestly just don’t understand), but they will be moved by our ability to continually walk in Jesus’ love.  I’m not saying to go along with the world’s way of doing things – instead, I’m just suggesting that before we speak out, we take it to God and ask Him what’s the best way to handle it.