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How many times do we think social media gives us a force field around our words and actions? Many times we feel tempted to hit share on statements we would never make in public. People think the phrase “just sayin'” will be a safety net.

In my research for this series, several people mentioned this type of behavior. Someone likened social media and our bad behavior as the difference between riding a bike and driving a car. When you are on a bike you are vulnerable and can be heard. So you won’t holler out anything at the people next to you. In a car, we will act very differently. We can close the window, drop the hammer and get out of the situation after we have done something not nice. Social Media is like a car. We might not be thinking of the repercussions of our words.

While we might be thinking a lot about what we say and share, how often are we thinking about what we bring to the table and put into the conversation?

Here this story from the life of Christ, one of his last moments with the disciples.

That Sunday evening the disciples were meeting behind locked doors because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders. Suddenly, Jesus was standing there among them! “Peace be with you,” he said.  As he spoke, he showed them the wounds in his hands and his side. They were filled with joy when they saw the Lord!  Again he said, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I am sending you.”  Then he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.  If you forgive anyone’s sins, they are forgiven. If you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven. John 20:19-23

This Sunday we will wrap things up in our #statusupdate series. We will talk about the power Christ gives us to be agents of forgiveness and to bring worthwhile things to every situation we are in.

Chad Brooks - Mar 9, 2014

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