This morning we were finally able to connect by phone. We had a good productive conversation. The difficulty was a combination of my not appropriately filtering what I shared with him and his not knowing me at all prior to our initial conversation.
The thing that I take away from this is that he did everything right. He approached me with the issue in a non-threatening manner. He was seeking to understand. He imputed to me level of trust and maturity that he did not know for sure that I possessed. I greatly appreciated the integrity in which he dealt with the issue.
Matthew 18:15 – 17 gives us instruction which, in my experience, we in the Body do not follow often. My friend did. Proverbs 9:8 – 9 gives us further instruction in these matters. I have often asked if no one is reproving me does that mean that people do not think I am wise. In this case I am grateful that my friend did. I am looking forward to working with him in the future.
Oh – there is one more aspect to this – he was seeking not to blame or to prove himself correct but rather to understand and move forward. Good agenda.