I’m not back to normal yet. What a week. I do want to get back to reading blogs again!
What helps me to stay calm listening to others on social media even when its disagreeable :
Perspective #1: Even if someone is totally wrong, sometimes people’s view change. Better be a reasonable contribution to that change than a stumbling block.
Perspective #2: Even if someone is wrong, there might be a grain of truth.
Perspective #3: Remember you are a sinner and God has been gracious to you through Jesus Christ. Be gracious to others
Perspective #4: Our sinful heart is deceptive (Jeremiah 17:9)
Perspective #5: It is wise to consider reproof: “He whose ear listens to the life-giving reproof Will dwell among the wise.” (Proverbs 15:31)
Perspective #6: Consider the source of the criticism. Even if they are strangers arguing with you on someone else’s wall, look at their profiles and remember they are made in the image of God and have families, struggles, etc.
Perspective #7: There’s value of criticism from a friend: “Faithful are the wounds of a friend, But deceitful are the kisses of an enemy.” (Proverbs 27:6)
Perspective #8: Anger does not achieve the righteousness of God: “for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God.” (James 1:20)
Perspective #9: Reacting angrily is foolish: “A fool always loses his temper, But a wise man holds it back.” (Proverbs 29:11)
Perspective #10: Be careful of attacking back hypocritically (Matthew 7:1-5)
Perspective #11: Having a bad reaction to criticisms only generate more criticisms
Perspective #12: Why not be wrong? By that I mean personal insults to you, not about the content of discussion. ”Why not rather be wronged? Why not rather be defrauded?” (1 Corinthians 6:7b)
Perspective #13: Study and learn. When you know something as true, there’s less panic. Also learning humbles you because the more you know, the more you realize things you don’t know. Learning is more like working out a muscle than a box you put info in; the more you learn the more it helps you sort out info better. Also if you don’t know its ok to say you don’t know or be slower in responding.