Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus (2 Timothy 1:13)

The things we write...

Tuesday, August 24, 2004
who needs a lie-detector...

Couple of situations in the last couple of weeks made me realize just how much we reveal about ourselves in the things we write. With the emergence of e-mail, internet forums and yes, blogs, more and more people are writing, and revealing things that in real life, they'd probably strive to keep hidden.

And there is good in this, but there is a whole lot of bad in it too. For example: A serious Christian knows not to mock or call others names, especially mocking fellow believers. The Bible is full or verses on the matter (Matthew 5:22 ; Psalm 64:2-3; James 3:9-18...for example). Yet on many so-called Christian forums I visit, I read words like: "idiot", "stupid", "fool", and all in relation to a person (or persons).

So, where am I going with this?

My point: the things we write are often a clear indication of what is in our hearts (Matthew 15:7-20). If you call someone an idiot in an e-mail/post, then it's a pretty sure bet that you would be thinking the very same thing if you met that someone in person. And the thought makes you as guilty as if you said it (Matthew 5: 27-28).

Watch yourselves my brothers and sisters.

"The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?" (Jeremiah 17:9)