“Christian teachers and scholars must be better than our cultured despisers or tormentors if we desire to be a good and godly Bible teacher or scholar. We must not let a wounded ego goad us into uncharitable and unloving remarks and behavior. Sometimes this is difficult, especially if we are deeply hurt by something said or done, but such is the high calling of a real Bible teacher or scholar. Let it not be said of you at the end of your career that you had more to repent of than to be proud of in your career. Let it rather be said that you manifested the fruit of the Spirit in all you did and said.”
Ben Witherington III, Is There a Doctor in the House? An Insider's Story and Advice on Becoming a Biblical Scholar (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2011), 133.