A good friend corresponds with me through email with words incredibly applicable that I feel is worthwhile moving forward in this coverage of Brant Hanson’s “Unoff-end-able.” Consider it a break from me.
My friend writes, “I read your post today and it inspired me to do a little reading. It appears to me that Paul in 1&2 Timothy draws a distinct line between quarreling over meaningless babble and lovingly and gently rebuking or correcting an improper spiritual matter. He tells us to have nothing to do with foolish controversies but be greatly concerned with spiritual matters. He says in the latter days people will be lovers of self and money, arrogant, abusive, disobedient, etc. but he simply says to avoid them. He says the way to avoid such controversies and quarreling is by praying and training ourselves by becoming acquainted with Gods word. 1Tim 2:8 / 2Tim 3:14. Well that’s my 1 cent worth, I don’t know how all those comments work and I have reservations putting any of my thoughts out for the world to see.
BTW as I was listening to my phone app narrate these words of wisdom to me, a couple of folks ran a red light in front of me and I commenced to saying mean things and even tooted my horn to let them know I was angry. Then I quickly started listening again, I got about 1/4 mile and I had to stop the narrator and laugh out loud at myself and remind myself of what I was listening to…need more prayer and training.”
With permission, he allowed me to present these words of his here, and in all honesty, it is a great privilege to do so because if you knew this man as I know him, you would know him as a great reflection of Jesus in this world. He serves the body of Christ; consistently. His meekness and gentleness flows from his words and actions. Yet, as another praiseworthy note, his honesty allows him to share that he deals with the very same problem I contend with daily… being offended. Becoming angry.