Sunday, July 6th
Posted: Sunday, July 6
1 Chronicles 2:18-4:4
Verse of the day:
The first to speak in court sounds right—until the cross-examination begins. (Proverbs 18:17)
Social media has made such an impact on our daily lives. We scroll though news feeds, tweets, and Instagram looking at all the things that our friends have to say. We can even find ourselves taking up an offense for, or against, our friend’s postings.
We need to remember that as we interact in a social setting, there are always two sides to every story. It is okay to hear your friend’s side, but just remember, the other side of the story has yet to be told. If you jump in to defend your friend, you may find that after hearing the other side of the story, you may need to retract your words or your support.
Maybe we should hold back our opinion until we hear, as Paul Harvey would say, “the rest of the story.” Another portion of our daily Bible reading illustrates this for us today. Acts 24 recounts the story of Paul appearing before Felix. Both the argument and counter arguments are presented in this chapter. The first one to speak can be very convincing, but it is always wise to hear from both parties to see the whole picture.
So today, be cautions to get the whole story before you react to that post or tweet. Make sure you have heard the whole story. If not, maybe it is better to keep those words in your head instead of sharing them with the world.
Pastor Shawn Follis // Student Pastor