Archive for December 5th, 2007

Online Frustrations

The Internet can be a wonderful place of news and information. Whether it is a word we forget to spell correctly or a streaming video of the latest news story, just about all that we want to know is at our fingertips. To some extent I believe that I have taken this convenience for granted. As one who is in the office quite a bit I admit that I enjoy the availability of the Internet. But sometimes even a good thing can be bad. For me I have had experience with on-line Christian forums of many different varieties and lately they have frustrated me.

My frustration is not so much with Christian Forums, but how we treat one another as God’s children on-line. I see people jabbing at one another on-line and it frustrates me. This happens in the local church, but never face to face that often. Usually people will take jabs at one another behind each others back. By saying all of this I am in no way implying that I have always been perfect when discussing things through an on-line format. I am just frustrated with those of us who claim to be Christians treating each other harshly or arrogantly when we do not agree on every single point of theology. I think when things get to frustrating in any area of our lives we have to take a step back and re-evaluate ourselves a bit. Somethings such as discussion forums can even bring us down even though they are started with good intentions. I have come to realize that many of our frustrations that we go through are caused by decisions we make. We choose our responses to others everyday. I want to become a person who extends more grace everyday of my life. I want to become a person who exhibits greater character in all situations. Ephesians 4:2-3 in the NLT says “Be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each others faults because of your love. Always keep yourselves united in the Holy Spirit, and bind yourselves together with peace.” I want to always remember those words so that I don’t forget what is expected of me. I always want to be able to live those words out  in every setting of my life.

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