"I hope you will put up with a little of my foolishness; but you are already doing that" (
This request was made by none other than the apostle Paul; prominent New Testament writer and largely responsible for sowing the gospel through the Gentile world of that era. Could he have been foolish? Apparently. By his own admission, yes. Foolishness is a medium shared by all humans. Paul is no exception. In context, he is merely asking the church at Corinth to indulge his humanness to permit him to make a point. Then he acknowledges that they have already done it without having to be asked. If we hope to have friends; if we want to be a community, live, learn and grow together, we must offer this gift to each other. The grace of letting abiding without criticism or contempt, one and other's foibles and frailties.