Yesterday, in What I was Told on Sunday I told of a remark on a danger of Facebook and other social media, given the Biblical warnings on gossip and idleness. My friend and brother went on to say maybe he shouldn’t say anything, since “it isn’t my temptation.”
But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.
We exhort one another to protect each other from sin’s deceit. The person who isn’t tempted in a particular way sees through that deceitfulness more easily, and is better equipped to warn his brothers and sisters. If “it isn’t my temptation,” it is all the more important to speak up, because those for whom it is a temptation may not see the danger.
But as he replied, that requires us to speak in meekness and charity rather than in pride. It also requires us to hear in humility, willingly considering the warnings of others. Warning one another:
- If the speaker is proud, this probably isn’t going to work.
- If the hearer is proud, this definitely isn’t going to work.
Since God tells us to do it, we know He expects it to work, so we’d better banish pride.