Let your gentleness be evident to all.
The Lord is near.
... whatever is true, whatever is noble,
whatever is right, whatever is pure,
whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable,
~ if anything is excellent or praiseworthy ~
think about such things.
Philippians 4:5, 8
It still baffles me how I became the owner of a Smart Phone, though probably not for reasons anyone would readily identify. I've had ~ plain & simple ~ an adverse, visceral reaction to an inanimate object being labeled a smart anything, as if there were such a thing as a Dumb Phone. But I now have one; call it whatever you like.
I'm also a Facebooked-Blogging-Twitterer that's Linked-In. Impressed? That fact ought to garner me, a granny of notable sass, the respect of a lot 20 somethings, though I've yet to detect their notice. Sass might not be enough.
The thing about all this social media that's most disturbing to me is one particular facet of temptation that comes along with it: A self-righteous propensity that longs to set someone, or the record straight. It's bait not easily ignored: a tasty morsel for my maw.
As a self-styled, strategic, self-aggrandized intellectual, I often know better than someone else (not you, of course) what to believe in terms of political spin, biblical doctrine or practice, child-rearing, etc. ~ EXCEPT, that is, when I don't (know, that is).
In the face of dissent, I'd like to think I've grown more gracious, less pompous; more like Jesus. Maybe not.
Learning to recognize what is & isn't bait would help.
Don't have anything to do with foolish and stupid
arguments, because you know they produce quarrels.
And the Lord's servant must not be quarrelsome
but must be kind to everyone,
able to teach, not resentful.
Opponents must be gently instructed,
in the hope that God will grant them repentance
leading them to a knowledge of the truth,
and that they will come to their senses
and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken
them captive to do his will.
2 Timothy 2:23-26