The Real Thing

viaadmin Teen Talk, Volume 44

We hear a lot about social media in the news. Some recent suicides have been attributed to online bullying. Sometimes we dwell on nasty things we read about other people, even if we have never even met them because it makes us feel slightly better about our own lives.

We can meet many friends online. But we may have a big surprise if we ever meet in person because we can portray ourselves as we want to be, hiding all our irritating habits and issues.

In a school, the police gave a presentation about social media. Before attending the presentation the constable obtained the names of the students from the school. Using social media, the female constable then created a fake male identity. She, posing as a male, invited the students to be her friends. Many of the students accepted the friendship. During the discussion the students learned that the male they had befriended was actually the female constable. She was pointing out to the students that you cannot trust everyone online.

Trust is something of great value. Hopefully each of you has someone in your life that you can trust with your secrets. The Bible tells us, “A talebearer reveals secrets, but he who is of a faithful spirit conceals a matter” (Proverbs 11:13). Throughout the Bible we learn about God’s Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. He is a Friend we can trust – absolutely! He is perfect. The Bible does not say anything untrue nor does it exaggerate any details about the Lord Jesus. There is nothing negative about Him. “Those who know Your name will put their trust in You; For You, Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You” (Psalm 9:10).

We can be honest with the Lord Jesus Christ and allow Him to see us as we really are. He accepts us in spite of our sin and failure. He has promised to forgive our sin and accept us with unfailing love. He will never share our story with anybody else. He is a special friend.

One day, we don’t know when, the Lord Jesus is returning to this world to take all the Christians to be with Him. We don’t know when we may breathe our last and be ushered into eternity. It is most important that we know the Saviour personally before it is too late! What we learn about the Saviour from the Bible will not be contradicted at all when we meet Him in person in Eternity.

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