Throw out the mocker, and fighting goes too. Quarrels and insults will disappear.
Just one troublemaker can wreck the unity of an entire family, group, or church. As someone observed of our ministry, “The Ripple Effect is for everybody, but it’s not for anybody.” Some are not ready to receive the Spirit. Some are not ready to give to others. Some are not ready to surrender. Some are not ready to be called out on their stuff or to pursue God with their whole self.
I love the tension and mystery in this Michael Scott quote from The Office:
This is a place of welcoming, so you should just get the hell out of here!
Sometimes we need to say that in order to keep it a place of welcoming, I guess…
One needed to keep one’s eyes on the path of the plow to keep its furrow from becoming crooked.
Watching and praying on a daily, consistent basis is how we keep from veering off that one degree that will take us horrendously off course down the road.