One of the best things about social media is that you can be involved in conversations with so many people without ever leaving the couch! Not only can you know what’s happening anytime and anywhere but you can also comment on it in a matter of seconds. That’s the thing about social media—it allows you to give your opinion whenever you want! And while that can be fun in the moment, sometimes we forget that what we say online doesn’t just stay in the moment. We forget to filter our words because we think no one will see them or they won’t be around that long. But the truth is, the Internet gives our words a larger and longer lasting audience. What we say online will be seen by more people than we know and will definitely stay online longer than we can imagine. And so, when it comes to our words—both online and off—we can’t afford to forget our filter. Easier said than done, right? The good news is that we have access to the best advice on using our words wisely in Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. And as we look at his wisdom, we’ll see that when we apply the right filter to our words, they can have the power to build rather than break.
Take some time to re-connect! Share a high and a low from your day or the last week.
Talk about a time when you posted something on social media that got a reaction you didn’t expect.
29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.
Why is it easy to see our words (posts, comments, etc.) on social media as less of a big deal than if we said them in person?
What’s the most common thing you say on other people’s social media platforms that you wouldn’t want them to say on yours?
Paul said, “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouth.”
Why do you think what you say on social media has the potential to be an even bigger deal than what you say in real life?
Why do you think it matters to God how you treat people on social media?
Look back at the most recent things you’ve posted on social media. If someone who didn’t know you saw those posts, what would they learn about you?
How would your social media presence improve if you decided to pause before you post? How can you remind yourself to do that?
O God, overflowing with mercy and compassion, you lead back to yourself all those who go astray. Preserve your people in your loving care, that we may reject whatever is contrary to you and may follow all things that sustain our life in your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
Mark the Cross of Christ on each others foreheads as a remembrance of your baptism and say these words...
"(Name) you are a beloved Child of God."
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