“…Some of (Paul’s) comments are hard to understand, and those who are ignorant and unstable have twisted his letters to mean something quite different, just as they do with other parts of Scripture. And this will result in their destruction.” 2 Peter 3:16b
I had a different verse I was going to highlight today, but this caught my eye and wouldn’t let go.
A few things I found interesting:
–Peter isn’t condemning Paul’s letters. Paul, the very guy who called Peter out in public (see Galatians 2) about being a hypocrite. In fact, you’ll notice in Acts that Peter steps up to defend and agree with Paul after the incident. Peter was a pistol of a guy and tended to act rashly at times, and I just LOVED to see this humility in him.
What would you do if someone “called you out” in public these days? Would you lash out or would you take a moment to see if there is any truth in the matter? Would you be able to support them and admit you were wrong?
While I think there is value in confronting privately first, I’m afraid to say that my first reaction would probably be defensiveness. Something to work on!
–Scripture isn’t always simple or easy to understand, and is easy to be twisted and misapplied. It is very easy to read the Bible to “prove” something rather than to seek wisdom and truth, to justify our own desires and world view rather than to allow God to mold us into his image. The Bible isn’t a sciencitifc text to hypothesize with and go out to prove our hypotheses. It is the Living Word of God. It was a good reminder to me to lay aside my own assumptions and seek God while I read.
Do you have any thoughts on this??
(also, just an update on Annabelle. She came through surgery GREAT but had some breathing issues with some areas of possible collapsed lungs that put her back in the hospital late Saturday night. She came home on Monday and is doing GREAT now, is back to school. We are so thankful for your prayers!)