Unfriend

So, have you heard the latest? We have a ‘word of the year’! Did you know we had such a thing in America??

I heard the news report this week on KLOVE. Yes, the New Oxford American Dictionary’s ‘word of the year’ is UNFRIEND.

Unfriend was defined as a verb that means to remove someone as a “friend” on a social networking site such as Facebook.

Unfriend.

In regards to social networking, being “unfriended” can be a bummer, but even more so is being “unfriended” in real life.

We’ve all experienced it. My girlies have come home crying because someone “unfriended” them in the neighborhood… and what am I to tell them? “Those poopy, snot-nosed, stinky-breathed girls! You don’t want to be friends with them anyways!” No. I didn’t say that. (GRIN.) What I was thinking was, “Well, get used to it… because ‘unfriending’ doesn’t stop at childhood.” Sad, eh?

Heartbreaking, though is when “unfriending” happens within the body of Christ. I have ‘unfriended’ people and have been ‘unfriended’ for STUPID things like preferences, hurt feelings, not agreeing on something, miscommunications… I’ve been unfriended for following God’s direction in ministry.

Jesus must sit up there in heaven just broken-hearted at our foolishness. Yes, there are times when we should ‘unfriend’ someone for a season, someone that is blatantly sinning and unrepentant, however the purpose even in that is to restore the brother (sister 🙂 in love and with gentleness.

What happened to,”A friend loves at all times?” Prov. 17:17

Or, “Dear friends, let us love one another, because love is from God.” 1 John 4:7

“If anyone says, “I love God,” yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For the person who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. And we have this command from Him: the one who loves God must also love his brother.” 1 John 4:20-21

“Above all, keep your love for one another at full strength, since love covers a multitude of sins.” 1 Peter 4:8

“If possible, on your part, live at peace with everyone.” Romans 12:18

What are we showing the world when we “unfriend” each other within the body? Maybe we should put on the mind of Christ and let His love supersede our foolishness.

Just a thought.

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