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How to guard your heart on Social Media

How to guard your  heart on Social Media

by Toyosi Adegunle

Half the time, if not always, your actions and thoughts are a result of what you listen to, watch and read. Guarding your heart involves guarding your thought process and check-mating what you take in lest you'll be filled with junk. Trust me, this is a basic life principle. Even as a random person, you can't give everything and everyone access to your life and mental space, you will be drained in no time. 

As a believer, it's not okay to give everything - challenges, trends, quotes, advice aka hot takes,  on social media access to your heart, thought process, and actions. You have to pay extra cautious attention to what you read, watch, jump on, and listen to, to preserve your basic human decency, values,   morals, and spiritual virtues.

It's not enough that you checkmate what you take in, it is also very important to not feel like you are missing out on anything. If you make efforts to keep it together and control what you consume, you can equally ruin your efforts by having FOMO. Some people have a vast amount of influence on social media, hence they have a voice and can easily your decisions, thoughts, or mindset, whether they are believers or not, always checkmate opinions by the word and spirit of God because Jesus is the standard, always. 

Proverbs 4:23 (NKJV) Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life. 

This scripture is as popular as John 3:16, but as expected, the power is in doing and becoming the word that we study. Diligently guard your heart with the understanding that out of it springs a lot of issues - good, bad, and ugly. This can very well apply to how you use social media. This is not to make you walk on eggshells on social platforms but to help you simply understand that you can't jump on every conversation, trend, or challenge, you can't take every word to heart. 

Romans 12:2  (NLT) Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

Practical ways to guard your heart with social media content

1. Understand first that you have the mind of Christ and everything you watch, see or hear should first go through the test of the word of God and principles of a Christ-like lifestyle. 

2. Believe that social media users including believers are different people with different mindsets,  and beliefs hence people will give opinions and content based on how they feel, experiences, or observations so, it is not always the right or true thing. 

3. Don't feel like you are missing out on anything - BussIt, Silhouette and other social media challenges that do not glorify God should not make you feel like you're missing out on something. You have the Joy of the Holy Ghost and the mind of Christ.

4. Be deliberate - don't watch leaked sex tapes of someone or porn materials on social media, don't quote tweet/repost/contribute to that content that goes against the word and principles of God. You can sanitize your social media to avoid things that are unwholesome. 

5. Renew your mind with the word of God that you may be transformed daily and the eyes of your understanding will be enlightened always. 

Finally, this Scripture sums up and helps you know what to consume and what to drop:

Philippians 4:8 (NKJV) "Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are  noble, whatever things are  just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are  lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there  is any virtue and if there  is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things."

If anything you watch, listen to or read is not true, noble, pure, true, of good report, virtuous, and just according to the standards and principles of the word of God, then It's not for you to consume or brood upon. 

Do you have a personal experience on social media content that you would like to share with us? Please drop it in the comments section 🤗


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