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Encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing. (1 Thessalonians 5:11, NLT)
On Twitter, a well-known Christian leader took a stand on an issue.
The comments from other users swung widely from kindness (“Yes!”) to neutrality (“I respect your position”) to downright vitriol (“You are a hypocritical, evil person. I’m unfollowing you.”)
But the comments I respected most were those that added to the discussion, whether or not they were positive, neutral, or negative. One commenter, for instance, said, “I can understand why you may think this, but I disagree. Here is why.” The comment included a link.
I noticed that there were specific ways comments could add value:
Like my Twitter poster, the new believers in Thessalonica were controversial. They embraced Jesus, which brought division and rioting to the city. They remained faithful but wondered when Christ would come again to relieve their earthly challenges.
Paul wrote 1 Thessalonians to encourage them, but the letter goes beyond a simple “attaboy.” It offered additional teaching to help believers continue to grow in godliness. It gave helpful information: they were to affirm one another as they persevered together.
Paul added value to the young Thessalonians’ faith. Added value builds up the body. And value-added comments offer desperately-needed grace on social media.
Post social media comments that add value.
Thank you that you’re a God of encouragement. Yet you don’t simply offer platitudes. You continue to press me to grow. Help me write comments for others that do the same.
In Jesus’s name, Amen.
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