Each time I see messages about something ill that happened to someone or some people and is being broadcast on social media telling me what to stop doing or start doing so that such won’t happen to me, fine, I acknowledge the piece of information (if healthy) but I couldn’t help but wonder:
~What will other people think of this?
~Won’t this bring some sort of FEAR to another person that reads it?
Maybe I should remind you these:
1. We live in a FALLEN WORLD. This is not heaven, so bad things won’t stop happening… [bctt tweet=”We live in a FALLEN WORLD. This is not heaven, so bad things won’t stop happening…”]
2. NO MATTER HOW CAREFUL YOU WANT TO BE, THERE HAVE BEEN PEOPLE WHO WERE MORE CAREFUL THAT ARE NO MORE!
3. That something bad happened to Mr Lagbaja doesn’t mean the same thing is going to happen to me. I’M UNDER A COVENANT OF DIVINE PROTECTION (I don’t know about you).
4. Death, in itself, could be God’s best protection in certain situations [bctt tweet=”Death, in itself, could be God’s best protection in certain situations.”].
~Bottomline: FOR ME (and for any believer at that), DEATH IS NOT BAD NEWS!
If you heard that I’m dead (soon or decades to come), don’t feel sorrowful for me. Thank my loving God for TAKING ME AWAY BEFORE THE EVIL DAY!
Can I shock you? I’ve written MY OBITUARY since 2007! I’m not afraid to die! Death (for me and any true believer) is not an ill…IT’S THE BEGINNING OF THE VERY BEST!
~As much as you want to show that you care, mind what you share on social media as an index of your care.
~Anything that PROPAGATES FEAR is ANTI-GOSPEL!
~Spread your cautions with a REMINDER OF GOD’S LOVE and a REASSURANCE OF HIS PROMISE OF PROTECTION.
So, when next you get one of those send-this-to-everyone-you-love kind of messages, think twice. And there’s no harm in editing it to add some lines of hope, faith and love.
And if you think it’s not even healthy altogether, DON’T SEND IT!
Many of the recipients had not even read the Words of Christ that births faith (Romans 10:17), you’re now bombarding them with less Faith and more FEAR? No.
This is how Paul said it:
“Hakuna Matata! Why worry when you can PRAY and PRAISE?” (Philippians 4:6 JKV [Joseph Kolawole Version]) [bctt tweet=””Hakuna Matata! Why worry when you can PRAY and PRAISE?” (Phil 4:6 Joseph Kolawole Version)”]
Have a great weekend, everyone!
Ola Joseph Kolawole
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