On the MarbleRoll to the right there is a website called Koinoniablog.net . A while back I signed up to get a daily email from them with all sorts of fun stuff about the Bible. Well, every Monday they have a feature called “Monday with Mounce.” He is a Greek scholar who breaks down the New Testament in fun and inspiring ways. Today he broke from his tradition to address a critical issue- the issue of criticism and gossip. It was so impactful that I wanted to share it word for word with you all. The original post is found here.
I am so thankful to be a part of a church with doesn’t look for negative everywhere. That wants to grow and learn, be life-giving and powerful in the kingdom of God, that wants to be honoring and gracious. There is an old saying, “Familiarity breeds contempt.” The kingdom corrollary is “Familiarity breeds honor.” I would much rather find the good in someone than focus on their faults! Let’s work hard to change the stereotype the world has of Christians! The devil has a hayday when Christians turn on eachother. He doesn’t really have to do any work, cuz Christians do the work for him.