Reminder to Self:
KNOW THE DIFFERENCE
Great wisdom is generous;
petty wisdom is contentious.
Great speech is impassioned;
small speech is cantankerous.
With the season of contention well underway in the run-up to presidential elections here in the U.S., I am ever so mindful of the skillful and often times deploring contentiousness afoot (or, rather, atongue). I find myself wondering if contending must include so many uncivil, caustic, slanderous and mean-spirited diatribes?
I think I've answered my own question.
Contentious: exhibiting an often perverse and
wearisome tendency to quarrels and disputes
Contend: to strive or vie in contest or rivalry
or against difficulties : to struggle
Imagine, if you will, what would happen if believers were to use the former tactic in lieu of the latter (and, unfortunately, it happens way too much). How in thunderation would God's Good News be considered such?
All I know is that I'm getting daily object lessons about why one works and one doesn't.
Oh to be generous, wise & impassioned ...
He is the one we proclaim, admonishing and
teaching everyone with all wisdom,
so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ.
To this end I strenuously contend with all
the energy Christ so powerfully works in me.
~ Colossians 1:28-29
Dear friends, although I was very eager to write
to you about the salvation we share,
I felt compelled to write and urge you to contend
for the faith that was once for all entrusted
to God’s holy people.
For certain individuals whose condemnation
was written about long ago have secretly
slipped in among you. They are ungodly people,
who pervert the grace of our God into
a license for immorality and deny
Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord. ~
~ Jude 3-4