1 Corinthians 14:13-25: Brothers and sisters, do not be children in your thinking; rather, be infants in evil, but in thinking be adults.
I started a book last night entitled Dear Friend, from My Life I Write to You in Your Life. The title alone attracted me it, as it speaks to me of frames of reference necessary to understand any communication. Each person sends and receives messages according to their own contexts.
In our polarized culture, we seem to have forgotten all about context, a concept we learned years or decades ago in school. Context helps us determine meaning of individual words or entire passages. Taking things out of context, we learned, causes confusion or even trouble.
Paul cautioned the people of Corinth about avoiding both extreme intellectualism and extreme emotionalism. He urged them to use the intellect to discern, but also to avoid dwelling, intellectually or emotionally, on evil. He wrote, “Brothers and sisters, do not be children in your thinking; rather, be infants in evil, but in thinking be adults.”
We cannot determine right and wrong by overusing either our emotions or our rationality. We have to find balance, understanding that messages coming to us originate in the pain and experience of the other person, and that we receive them in our own pain and experience. And that balance can be described by another familiar word.
Psalm 119: 1-24; Jeremiah 37:3-12; Matthew 10:24-33
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