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Tuesday, February 07 2017
Your Relationship and the Impact of Social Media

We can't watch anything on TV without being reminded of the option to tweet about something or text someone or post something to Facebook or other social media.  Now with smartphones we can use social media in the car, in the bathroom, at a meeting, and even--gasp!-- at church.  While there are many advantages to social media, we should ask the question: Is it good for us?  More importantly, how can we obey the Great Commandment to love God with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength while using Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Google+?

Are you seeking to glorify God through social media?  "So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all in the glory of God." (1 Corinthians 10:31)
The foundatinal question "Are you seeking to glorify God?" can be addressed to any situation in life because we were created to glorify God (Isaiah 43:7).  When we stray from our life's God-given purpose, we quickly fall away from where God wants us to be.

Does social media lead you into sin?  "If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away.  For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into hell."  (Matthew 5:29)
Social media is itself is a morally neutral thing, neither inherently good nor bad.  But when put in the hands of sinful human beings, it should be no surprise that it can be used for a host of sinful behaviors:  bullying, sinful relationships, sexual perversion, worldly ideas, and allowing yourself to be led astray by bad influrences.  Pray that Goid would reveal your sins and idols that may exist or be fed through social media, and for the grace and poser to repent.

Do people see the light of Christ in you based on what you post?  "...let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven."  (Matthew 5:16)
Social networks present a unique opportunity to let your light shine before others by show the hope you have in Jesus Christ.  You are able to challenge and encourage others to believe in Christ and follow Him.  Don't forget the awesome opportunity you have to proclaim to the world the unsearchable riches of Christ!

Does social media make you a healthier and more productive person?  "You shall Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might."  (Deuteronomy 6:5)
Social media causes some people to have a shorter attention span, lose sleep, and even be depressed.  Is that you?  God desires that we honor Him with not only our body, but also our entire being.  Don't let social media suck away your ability to follow that command.

Do you have any relationships through social media that you should cut off?  "Do not be deceived:  "Bad company ruins good morals."  (1 Corinthians 15:33)
Social networks like Facebook and Twitter make it easy to connect with everyone you've ever known - for better or for worse.  Some of our connections can discourage us in our faith or lure us into sins like gossip, bullying, and rekindling unhealthy relationships.  Many divorces today are caused by discontented spouses rekindling old flames on Facebook.  Don't let this happen to you!  Exercise godly wisdom and cut off "bad company" that will hinder a holy life.

In our book The Marriage Journey: A Flight Plan to Your Healthy Marriage, we dedicate chapter 17 to this subject. This is a must have book for your marriage and all relationships.  The book is available in the book store

I could go on and on about social media, but you get my drift.  Social media in itself is fine but how you use it may not be.

Heavenly Father, Thank You for the good gift of the Internet and social media through which we can create, communicate, learn, and glorify you.  I thank You for the ways You have blessed our world and made lives easier because of the Internet.  I praise you for giving the good gifts of creativity and work, and that we can reflect your image online.  I pray that the Gospel message would speed ahead through the Internet and social media, proclaiming the glories of Christ and reaching many in this generation with the saving message of Christ.  I pray that you would help me to avoid technology's unintended consequences like idolizing gadgets, using gadgets to feed other idols in my life, or to keep me from relating to others you have called me to love.  Amen

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Mae and Chuck began mentoring in home Bible studies and saw how their Christ-centered relationship was "different" from others.  Though far from "perfect," their marriage and commitment to Christ demonstrated a peace and happiness that intrigued other couples.  This became the opportunity to mentor other couples and to teach them to work at their relationship and grow their love for one another (with Christ) each day.


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