Dealing with the spirit of defense



When I was in high school, I played basketball. I was a shooting guard. Though scoring was important to me, I love playing defense. On the defense side our job was to prevent the other team from scoring. Most of our games were won or lost based on how we defended or prevented the other team from scoring. 

Though this is  acceptable in a sporting game. It may not be a good operational choice in life.

Protecting & Preventing

Acts 26:10-16

10 When the governor motioned for him to speak, Paul replied: “I know that for a number of years you have been a judge over this nation; so I gladly make my defense. 11 You can easily verify that no more than twelve days ago I went up to Jerusalem to worship. 12 My accusers did not find me arguing with anyone at the temple, or stirring up a crowd in the synagogues or anywhere else in the city. 13 And they cannot prove to you the charges they are now making against me. 14 However, I admit that I worship the God of our ancestors as a follower of the Way, which they call a sect. I believe everything that is in accordance with the Law and that is written in the Prophets, 15 and I have the same hope in God as these men themselves have, that there will be a resurrection of both the righteous and the wicked. 16 So I strive always to keep my conscience clear before God and man.

So I strive always to keep my conscience clear before God and man. Acts 24:16

The word of God instructs us to keep our hearts with all diligence. 




However the bible also tells us that God is our defence.


Recently, a colleague mentioned to me a situation that I was oblivious was a problem or a potential problem. It involved someone else and  

I began being passively defensive. I retained my composure, but I really wanted them all to know I didn’t do anything to purposely disrespect or harm anyone. I didn’t want to be viewed as someone they couldn’t trust. 

I knew my motives were pure in my actions, I’m sure this was just a misunderstanding but the thought of them thinking I was disrespectful and untrustworthy really bothered me. I began felling butterflies in my stomach. Since I wasn’t in contact with the person I think I offended, I wasn’t

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