Sometimes it happens when you least expect it. you go to your computer for a quick check of your email or your Facebook account and you find the exact opposite of what you were expecting or looking for.
Where you were craving connection, encouragement, friendship or just a mindless distraction you instead got a double dose of vengeance, envy, accusations, slander and a slew of bible verses pointing out the splinter in your eye (and leaving out the obvious plank in your accusers).
While your local news media may advertise the rise of bullies in school and a society that is breeding “mean girls” not much has been said about the Christian women who go around perpetuating high school. The mommies groups that thrive on judgment and alienation. The homeschool communities that seek to break down others with a few well placed eye rolls, and hushed whispers.
When you come under vicious attack it is tempting to lash back out. Frankly, after you’ve been attacked enough you learn a few mean phrases to throw back out. I would be lying if I didn’t admit that I’ve fought back and felt good about it. There, I said it. It felt good to defend myself and break down another, and yet it is the exact opposite of what I teach my children.
“Just because someone is mean to you doesn’t mean you can be mean to them.”
Unless, err, you’re me?
Consider it pure joy my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish it’s work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.James 1:2-5