This is a must read article and I hope it will encourage you all in the how, what, why, where and whom we blog categories. Three key words for us all to remember when blogging, emailing, texting, etc. about fellow believers in the Lord: grace, charity, and humility.
The Apostle Paul deals with this subject very pointedly in his epistle to the Galatians. As Dr. MacArthur points out in his study bible on the following passage I quote below:
"The imagery is of wild animals savagely attacking and killing each other - a graphic picture of what happens in the spiritual realm when believers do not love and serve each other."And may I add, attack and spread falsehood about each other. Listen to the Apostle's words:
"For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” But if you bite and devour one another, watch out that you are not consumed by one another." -Galatians 5:13-15
It has been said, that he who bites has exhausted his angry passions. But the one who seeks to devour is given over to extreme cruelty.
Puritan divine, John Calvin, explains it as thus:
"slanders, accusations, reproaches, and every other kind of offensive language, as well as acts of injustice arising either from fraud or violence. And what is the end of them? To be consumed; while the tendency of brotherly love is to produce mutual protection and kindness. I wish we could always remember, when the devil tempts us to disputes, that the disagreement of members within the church can lead to nothing else than the ruin and consumption of whole whole body. How distressing, how mad it is, that we, who are members of the same body, should be leagued together, of our own accord for mutual destruction."
May we not excite a spirit of contention within the church and between brothers and sisters in the Lord, but provoke one another unto love and good works. Amen?
In His unfailing love,Steve
1 Cor. 13:1