Like many of you, I became acquainted with the Internet a few years ago. Since we live outside the United States, having e-mail as a sure and economical means of communication has been a great blessing to stay in touch with folks “back home.” Yet I had not made any purchases online until 2002. Now over the past six months, I bought 3 items from auctions on eBay.
All of my transactions turned out okay in the end, but one seller did not communicate well with me and was very slow to deliver the used laptop I purchased. So when it came time to give feedback on eBay, I clicked on the button for negative feedback. I was quite surprised when I saw a message something like this:
CAUTION! DO YOU REALLY WANT TO DO THIS? THINK ABOUT ANY NEGATIVE COMMENTS YOU ARE GOING TO MAKE BEFORE THEY BECOME A MATTER OF PUBLIC RECORD.
I have to say that I was taken by surprise! That sounded like something right out of the pages of scripture. We never know where God’s truth will appear, do we? A company was telling me to act like a Christian!
You probably know the passage that I memorized years ago in Ephesians 4:29, “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” And in the same chapter, Paul had counseled the believers to “speak the truth in love.”
God’s way always was and still is the best! Even the folks at eBay agree!
My dear brothers and sisters, be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. Your
anger can never make things right in God’s sight… If you claim to be religious but don’t control
your tongue, you are just fooling yourself, and your religion is worthless. (James 1:19-20, 26)