“Archippus, Take heed to the ministry which thou hast received in the Lord, that thou fulfill it.”
Paul sent that message to Archippus as part of a letter written to the Colossians and also to be read to the Laodiceans.
Archippus could have responded with gratitude that Paul would care enough to encourage him. He also could have been offended that Paul would stick his nose in his business. Archippus’ reaction was largely dependent on his attitude toward the ministry he had been given.
If you are easily offended when someone encourages you, try to get to the root of the problem. Have you lost the desire to serve? Are you harboring sin? Take the bad reaction as an indicator that you need to spend time with the Lord in prayer before you move forward.
Scripture taken from: Colossians 4:17