Changing the Tone

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The other day I read a great posted on #LinkedIn. It was of a woman sharing her updated profile photo with her natural hair. She was sharing her courageousness in being her authentic self amongst her professional peers. She was sharing that she felt safe enough to do so. All good things I thought. I was happy for her. There were so many applauded her transparency (which I think we can all agree on can be tough in our own areas). Then I made the mistake that I make too often on social media — I scrolled down and read a few comments. It was a very short scroll before the negativity piped up. I just had a hard time understanding why this post had a reason to go so left and so angry. Sadly, I see this on social media all the time. There is a constant state of combativeness and strife. Realizing that this is becoming a trend, I thought back to a phrase from elementary school. They would always say, if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. What if we just stopped feeling the need to comment on everything we read if it doesn’t really add anything to the conversation. What if we spent more time posting encouragement and not comments that condescend or tear down. What if we responded on social media with more love and more God. What if we could be social media tone changers? If we could do that, I would say we could have a real shot at collectively being real life world changers. Here are a few scriptures to consider when responding to (or not responding to) social media posts:

  1. Proverbs 11:12 “It is foolish to belittle a neighbor; a person with good sense remains silent.”
  2. Proverbs 11:17 “Your own soul is nourished when you are kind, but you destroy yourself when you are cruel.”
  3. Proverbs 15:4 “Gentle words bring life and health; a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.”
  4. James 1:26 “If you claim to be religious but don’t control your tongue, you are fooling yourself, and your religion is worthless.”
  5. Titus 3:2 “To speak evil  of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy to all people.”
  6. 1 Peter 3:9 “Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.”
  7. James 1:19 “My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.
  8. James 3:9-10With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers, this should not be.

Be blessed! #Godapplied #SocialMedia #ToneChangers #Positivity #ApplyingGodin2021 #blessed #grace

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