As bloggers, you want to write about every part of your life. Your friendships, your work, your romantic life, your parents, your kids, your pets… everything! However, this share-all cultural is dangerous. It can lead you to sin.
- Gossip – First of all, when you are sharing things on your blog, you must keep yourself from gossip. The Bible has a lot to say about gossip, all of it negative. Remember these verses when you are blogging:
Leviticus 19:16 – “Do not go about spreading slander among your people. Do not do anything that endangers your neighbor’s life. I am the Lord.”
Proverbs 11:13 – “A gossip betrays a confidence, but a trustworthy man keeps a secret.”
Romans 1:29 – “They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips.”
1 Timothy 5:13 – “Besides, they get into the habit of being idle and going about from house to house.
And not only do they become idlers, but also gossips and busybodies, saying things they ought not to.”
Proverbs 18:8 – “The words of gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to a man’s inmost parts.”
- Keeping a record –Another bad habit that bloggers get into is that, since they write everything down, they have a record of wrongs done against them. Every sideways remark, every argument, every debate is written down and therefore remembered. That is not what the Lord wants us to do:
1 Corinthians 13 - “Love… keeps no record of wrongs.”
- Protect – Another thing that the Lord tells us to do is protect people and honor them. That is difficult to do if you are writing negative things about them. Covering over sins means not talking about them, especially to others. Ever hear the phrase, ‘don’t air your dirty laundry’? Well, the same idea applies here. Protect your relationships and don’t expose other’s mistakes to the world.
1 Corinthians 13 - “Love… does not dishonor others… Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects...”
1 Peter 4:8 – “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.”
Sometimes it is hard to know where to draw the line. Just remember what Jesus said, “Do to others as you would have them do to you” (Luke 6:31). If you wouldn’t want someone to blog about your mistakes, arguments, or failures, then don’t blog about it yourself. Remember to stay in the love of the Lord and always put Him first in your life. That is the way to be really successful.
All quotes from the NIV
This guest post is contributed by Debra Johnson, blogger, editor & a knowledge gainer of being full time nanny. She welcomes your comments at her email Id: - jdebra84 @ gmail.com.