Proverbs 6:2 You have been trapped by what you said, ensnared by the words of your mouth.
The way I see it, the e in email stands for evidence. This week in the news another politician had to resign because of embarrassing photos and explicit emails. More frat boys were expelled because of questionable behaviors and the behaviors were posted online and emailed around. An executive of a company is being called out because of old email posts that expressed her negative views on a minority group of people and she is now having to answer for it. Num. 32:23 But if you fail to keep your word, then you will have sinned against the LORD, and you may be sure that your sin will find you out. Haven't people figured out yet that everything that is written in an email and sent is forever in the world system and can be retrieved at any time?
What makes people think they can get away with bragging about secrets in their lives when it is plastered all over the world by their friends, coworkers, and family? The old Benjamin Franklin saying, "Three can keep a secret if two of them are dead" is apropos to heed in this tell-all tabloid world.
If you have a secret and want it kept, then tell absolutely no one. But whatever you do, don't post it on the world-wide-web. Eccl. 10:20 Never make light of the king, even in your thoughts. And don’t make fun of the powerful, even in your own bedroom. For a little bird might deliver your message and tell them what you said. I reckon the little bird, in this case, would be Twitter.
It is wisdom to keep our slanders and false accusations to ourselves because if we spread lies and half-truths all over the place we will be judged for it. Matt. 12:36 I tell you that on the day of judgment people will have to account for every careless word they speak. In the same way that we should think before we hit the send button on an email, we should also think before we hit the send button of our mouth. Will the words I am about to say give life or a bruised lashing to someone's soul? Is what I am saying uplifting or just more negative rhetoric? We can become as careless as these people who post their idiocy online and not think about the consequences.
What we say matters. It shows us and our fellow man who we really are. Luke 6:45 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks. Our mouth will eventually say what is in our heart. This is why we need a new regenerated heart created by the Lord and the finished work of the cross.
It is Christ within us changing us day-by-day to live and move in the power of the Holy Spirit. Would Jesus be posting slanders and the nastiest words online? Of course not. Then why are some who claim to walk with Christ posting cruelties and plotting vengeful thoughts? James 3:10 And so blessing and cursing come pouring out of the same mouth. Surely, my brothers and sisters, this is not right!
If you want to change your words, then change your focus. Phil. 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Start hanging around people who still believe in honor and forthrightness of character for life. Stop the gossip in its tracks.
Before you decide to post something you are not sure of and whether it should even be posted in the first place, remember the e in email may come back to visit you. Col. 3:23 Whatever you do, do it from the heart, as something done for the Lord and not for people. Amen and amen!