The Spirit of this Age assumes the worst!
By contrast the Spirit of the Christian assumes the best of his neighbors, or the person on-line or in the news.
Another example “The Spirit of the Flesh” when wronged (perceived wrongs!) by a church member etc. (then gossips/comments passive-aggressively online). The Spirit of a Christian checks frequently even daily for logs(sin) in his own eye (Matthew 7:3–5) mindful that we are the worst of sinners. If we practice charitably this then limits our judgments to what we can clearly perceive or understand. We should then approach the person and discuss it with him directly as a brother (Matthew 18:15).
But do we?
Christian love is empowered and equipped by Christ to be different as we relate to family, the church, and the world. Sinful suspicion will choke out laughter/friendship while distrust destroys friendships (and families). As the people of God we should be the light in our cynical world, bearing all things, hoping all things, believing all things (1 Corinthians 13:7).
Ask yourself where are you in this?
Are you pushing aside Godly wisdom, compassion, empathy just to win an argument online or at home?
The Spirit of Our Age is gleefully watching us as we destroy each other, acting like the world, rebelling against our Lord just as he did.
“Have you considered my servant….” fill in your name.
God reminds us in Titus that we have been “passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another” (Titus 3:3). Christ yet again beckons us out of the shadows of suspicion and sin, to live in the light he has provided, bearing all things, believing all things, hoping all things, enduring all things (1 Corinthians 13:7).
Will you listen to your Lord’s call or give in to The Spirit of this Age?