12 Ways Christians Can be Less Mean
It seems that some Christians have lost some of their civility when it comes to what we post on social media, what we say in church committees and what we say on the job or something in public. We are quick to blast a company that we feel has wronged us. We criticize people — right on their Facebook page. We load the comments of a blog post with crushing blows.
It all has to hurt our witness as Christians.
Here are some ways we can be “less mean” in our social and spiritual engagements...
Here are a dozen suggestions:
Consider others better than yourself. (Philippians 2:3)
Forgive one another. (Ephesians 4:32)
Love one another. (John 13:34)
Be kind and compassionate to one another. (Ephesians 4:32)
Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry. (James 1:19)
Treat others as you would want to be treated. (Luke 6:31)
Have the mind of Christ. (Philippians 2:5)
Remember kindness leads to repentance. (Romans 2:4)
Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking deceit. (Psalm 34:13)
Honour everyone. (1 Peter 2:17)
Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them. (Ephesians 4:29)
Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honour. (Romans 12:10)
Just a few of those should improve the quality of our social involvement.
And, finally, a bonus one:
Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. (Colossians 3:12–14)