“Do not answer a fool according to his folly, or you yourself will be just like him.” Proverbs 26:4 (NIV)
This is an excerpt from the book, Unapologetically Being Me
Be wise in responding to foolishness. No response can be a good response. Everything posted and said in the media does not need a response. Why become foolish just because someone else is acting foolish? You know that person is a fool; and yet you will entertain the fool. Just remember though, when you take the energy and effort to entertain a fool with folly, you are just as foolish as the fool.
Every statement or comment does not need a response. Paul said in First Corinthians 6:12 (NIV), “All things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be dominated by anything.” In other words, you can do what you want to do, but everything you do is not helpful or beneficial. It’s good to know you have the choice to do what you please, but why be dominated by anything. Why be in bondage to what someone says about you who may live miles away from you? Why carry on in pity or anger just because someone doesn’t like you or what you believe in? Guess what? They didn’t like Jesus either, but that didn’t stop Him from doing what God had called Him to do. It’s not beneficial for you to allow statements or comments to dominate your day. Make a choice to not respond to foolish things.
Allow me to share with you ways to give an answer when you don’t want to answer foolishness on social media networks.
- Pray and ask God to give you strength to resist the urge to respond.
- Scroll on, if it’s not your personal social media page.
- Delete the comment, if it is your personal social media page.
- Block the person.
- If what was said, hurt or offended you, grab your Bible. Read your favorite scripture. Say your proclamations or affirmations out loud. Say it again, if needed.
- If that doesn’t work, pray again.
Social media has a way to make someone be so insecure and inferior, because this is the type of world we live in. A world with cynicism about every little thing. It doesn’t have to affect you. You have the authority to block cynicism on your social networks or around you in person. You have the authority to protect your space, not them! Remember, you can resist, delete, block, and repeat. #stopresponding #startablockministry
“Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise; when he closes his lips, he is deemed intelligent.” Proverbs 17:28 (ESV)
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