Over my years of writing, my wife has edited much of my stuff. Not the blog, don’t blame bad editing here on my wife. That’s all me.
My wife is an English major. She was known as the “Grammar Queen” at one point in her life. She has told me about Passive Voice ever since first reading something I wrote.
Although I wanted her to fix my errors, I somehow didn’t expect her to find any. When she did, I got annoyed. I didn’t listen to her points about writing in the Active Voice, instead I got mad at her.
“How many things have you gotten published?” was my trump card. I’ve had many things published. She has had none. Ha. Take that grammar know-it-all type person.
I didn’t want to understand what she was saying. I didn’t want correction. Nope, I wanted to be told how perfect my writing already was. Anything other than that I will reject with much animosity.
My writing was bad for a long time simply because I dismissed the instructions and got offended.
God is a giant Editor of your life. He has a way of pointing out error, of telling us what we should be doing, which is never quite what we are doing.
The Bible, written to reprove, correct, and instruct us, has lots of stuff in it that you can be offended by. We are good at being offended. We hear an offensive verse and immediately get huffy and dismiss it.
We have no desire to understand what God meant. We have no desire to know the God behind the command, no desire to hear Him out and see the sense of His words. Instead we find ways to theologically dismiss His commands, just like the scribes and Pharisees trying to crucify Christ in a lawful manner.
As we dismiss His correction we continue to live horrible lives. The world around us is dismissing God’s commands about wives submitting to husbands, children honoring parents, esteeming others better than yourself, self-denial, and so on.
Observing the world proves that dismissing God’s instructions is a bad idea.
Why is the Church following the world? Are we going to get offended too, or will we do the work to understand what God is talking about? If we know that God is good, why do we view so much of what He said as bad?
My writing didn’t get better when I got offended at my editor. Our lives won’t get better if we get offended at our Creator.
“As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby.“
Milk of the “word” is interesting. “Word” is the Greek word, logikos. The only other place it’s used in the New Testament is Romans 12:1 and is translated “reasonable.” To desire the sincere milk of the word means to desire to understand, to know the reason, find the rationale of what God says.
Desire to know what God is talking about. As a new born baby, scream your head off until you understand what God is saying. Get the milk of reason. Figure it out. Resist the urge to dismiss something because you are offended. You live by this word. Understand it and understand the Author.