This question has been on my mind a lot today.
You may recall, several years ago now, this question was on everything. T-shirts, bags, posters, everywhere we looked we saw the question, “what would Jesus do?”
I was talking with a friend about some things in her life today. She shared with me how she felt about the situation and I shared my thoughts with her. That’s what friends do, right?
I also shared with her something I often see online. I will see a person I know sharing family photos and talking about how much they love their spouse. Then, within a few days, that same person will private message me with criticism about their spouse, the same person they were just bragging about online.
Now, I know we all have bad days and feel we need to vent.
However, this caused me to begin to think… “what would Jesus do?”
Would He say one thing in public and another in private? Did He complain to His disciples when He had a bad day? Did He say to His disciples, “Be wary of Judas, he can’t be trusted?”
I don’t think so. The reason I say that is because the Bible says He only spoke what He heard the Father say. Jesus also said, “Satan is coming, and he has nothing in me.”
There was nothing apart from God in Him.
Oh my, this is not a fun read, is it? It wasn’t a fun thought process for me either.
I began to think about those who share one thing online and say another in private. As I did, these words my sister used to say rang in my ears…
“Out of the same mouth come both blessing and cursing. These things, my brothers, should not be this way, for we have a moral obligation to speak in a manner that reflects our fear of God and profound respect for His precepts.” (James 3:10)
Ouch! So, if it doesn’t glorify God and reflect my fear of Him, I shouldn’t say it, right? Right.
Not publicly or privately.
Then I thought of the scripture that says, “life and death are in the power of my tongue.”
Words do not carry one weight when spoken in private amongst those we love and carry a different weight when spoken in public. Words carry life and death all the time. Each and every time they are spoken.
Therefore, you cannot speak good of your spouse in one conversation and negatively of them in another conversation…not if you want to have life in your relationship.
Let’s go back to Jesus. What did He do where Judas was concerned? Even when He knew he was the one betraying Him? He called him friend.
Love never fails. Love is the key to all life. If we love others, we should treat them as such…publicly and privately.
I think we need to begin to ask ourselves this question more often. Especially when we find ourselves in tough situations. Ask ourselves, “what would Jesus do?” How would He handle it? What would He say? What would His response be?
In all we do, may we glorify God. May we live a life of choosing to do only what Jesus would do.
Meditate on this:
Whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31