On Reproving One Another in Peace

Scott Morizot is doing a series of posts on the Didache, an ancient Christian manual for worship dated around the end of the 1st Century. One by one, Scott shares each section of the Didache and adds his own commentary. From today’s post (I recommend the entire series):

And reprove one another, not in anger, but in peace, as you have it in the Gospel. But to anyone that acts amiss against another, let no one speak, nor let him hear anything from you until he repents. But your prayers and alms and all your deeds so do, as you have it in the Gospel of our Lord.

“Like the NT, the Teaching is still close enough to the Jewish roots of our faith that when we read “peace” we should hear the full resonance of “shalom”. So we reprove one another from the desire not for control nor even to achieve a cessation of hostility, but to restore the one we reprove to wholeness, to completeness, to fullness of life. If you speak in anger, however righteous your anger might be (or at least that you believe it to be) you can never accomplish that goal.”

Read it all.

Thanks for sharing, Scott.

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