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Nothing they say is true! They just want to destroy. Their words are deceitful like a hidden pit, and their tongues are good only for telling lies (Psalm 5:9, CEV).

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Dark Clouds Advancing – photo courtesy of Eric E. Wright

Reflection

This week’s I Love the Psalms theme is the power of the tongue.

If you want a grim and bitter view of the world, spend a few minutes reading the comments people post in response to online news stories. For the most part, the comments section is where trolls and hatemongers thrive like bacteria on rotting hamburger. A kind or thoughtful word is rarely seen. All too often this description from the Psalms applies.

Nothing they say is true! They just want to destroy. Their words are deceitful like a hidden pit, and their tongues are good only for telling lies (Psalm 5:9, CEV).

There is a cure for this spiteful online negativity. The apostle Paul provides an answer. Finally, my friends, keep your minds on whatever is true, pure, right, holy, friendly, and proper. Don’t ever stop thinking about what is truly worthwhile and worthy of praise (Philippians 4:8).

Right thinking leads to right, friendly and proper words online and in person.

Response: LORD God, I want to fill my mind with thoughts of compassion, faith and truth, so that the words I speak and write bring joy, encouragement and healing. Amen.

Your Turn: Do you read or respond to negative online comments? Are you able to stay positive and respectful?