Defensiveness does little good beyond ensuring a bloody battle. It's born in a stew of fear & conflicting emotions, not the least of which just MIGHT BE the need to be right at any cost. One can hardly deem that righteous. (Remember, it's me that's guilty here ...)
But what of Paul's admonition to us, the one in which he encourages us to be ready, to be "set for the defense of the gospel"? (Philippians 1:17)
As I read today's e-devotional from Days of Praise, that same question confronted me. I read this ...
Is it possible to be ever-ready with reason & grace in positioning and defending the gospel?
I can be sure it doesn't include defensiveness, but the gentle & quiet spirit (1 Peter 3:4) of the woman warrior.