Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person ~Colossians 4:6.
Have you ever met someone who prides herself on speaking her mind? I think that phrase alone says a lot: The person who speaks what’s on his mind regardless of how it makes others feel is a proud person. I expect that she doesn’t realize that she sometimes does things that irritates others and yet they show grace to her. Why is it so difficult to bear with “stupid” people?
Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ ~Ephesians 4:15.
A lack of love is another reason some are quick to cut down others. Especially on social media, it is easy to subtly address faceless beings who can’t have feelings and so something they do or say is picked apart by another individual who has no patience with them.
I would like to submit that this kind of behavior is not boldness; many times, it is simply arrogance. By pointing out someone else’s fault (whether you name him or her or not), you are deflecting away from your own faults.
Facebook is the only social media that I am a part of, and I too see things that others say and do that I wouldn’t, but it is their page. They can do what they like on their page. I can participate or not. If I were truly burdened about it, I would send them a private message. If it’s not a burden, why not let it go?
We live in a world where many do not like confrontation. But passive aggressiveness? That’s a different story. Let’s make sure that the things we say and type are encouraging and helpful. There are times when people or situations need to be addressed, but it needs to be done with love and grace.
it is almost impossible to boldly defend the faith without offending someone. In Gal. 2:14 ….I said to Cephas before them all…. Was Paul showing passive aggressive arrogance? Was it Paul’s lack of love that caused him to call the entire congregation foolish and bewitched?
What can be more loving than to instruct everyone to stay on the narrow path that leads to life.
Love without truth is far worse than truth without love.