…and start being compassionate instead.
Toxic social media.
When used correctly social media can be an incredible method to stay in touch with family and friends. Unfortunately, social media has also given society free reign to say or type whatever they want and hide behind a monitor. Social media has created a bunch of keyboard cowboys lashing out at complete strangers and judging or misjudging others all because of a difference of opinion or beliefs. So many of us have completely lost our manners and rules of etiquette when dealing with strangers and in some cases friends and family online. It needs to stop. We need to be mindful when speaking to others. We need to try to be aware of what we are thinking and what we are about to say or type. When you feel the strong urge to “put someone in their place” for a difference opinion online take a moment to stop and think. Would you say what you are about to type to their face? Would you say it to their face with your mother present? How would you feel is someone said what you are about to type to you? If the answers are not in your favor perhaps you should rethink what you about to write. The rules of social media are the same as the rules for face to face conversations. Be kind, be respectful and think before you speak.
A child is not born judgmental unless that behavior is modeled for them. Empathy and compassion, just like suspicion and judgement, are ingrained in us. People who criticize others are often trying to shift focus from their own issues and behavior by judging the behavior of others. It is easier to talk about someone else’s flaws rather than deal with your own demons. Envy and jealousy are a common cause of judgmental behavior. We often judge others in areas where we feel most vulnerable. Try to think of your judgements as jealousy and then take a deep breath and a moment to be thankful for what you have without comparing yourself to others. If we are constantly comparing ourselves with others around us how can we be the best version of ourselves? This is not healthy or constructive behavior.
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Put yourself in someone else’s shoes.
In almost all situations, you really have no idea what is behind other people’s actions. Maybe the toddler in Target is screaming because he or she didn’t sleep well, not because her parents are the worst parents in the world. Maybe the person sitting next to you is overweight or underweight because of a medical condition. Try your best to always consider situations from another point of view. When you find yourself looking down on other person’s decisions try your best to be more compassionate and understanding of other’s situations. Remember you make the choices you make because of your unique upbringing and life circumstances. Not everyone has the same experiences, challenges and blessings you may have experienced throughout your life. We judge what is different because familiarity is safe. Try your best to always strive to be empathetic and understanding of others.
Gossip is a monster that destroys friendships and annihilates trust. It’s more than tempting to judge others when you are with a group of friends and you want to bond over the new girl’s unsightly muffin top. Not only is gossip a sin, it’s mean and cruel. Nothing good ever comes out of gossip, unless you consider the label “wash lady” a compliment. Restrain yourself from gossiping about others. You don’t have to take an ad out in the local paper and make a big announcement, simply excuse yourself from conversations that evolve into gossip. Extricate yourself from the situation if you can’t hold back from joining the peanut gallery. Your friends will hold you to a higher standard when they begin to realize that you refuse to partake in petty gossip. Your friends will begin to label you as trustworthy, kind and compassionate and these are labels that are help with the highest honor.
Watch your language and how you speak to others.
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