Gentle Servants

The Bible says in 2 Timothy 2:24-26, “And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, in meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; and that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.”

Here the Apostle Paul is writing to his son in the faith, Timothy.  Paul is telling Timothy that those who serve the Lord shouldn’t be going around starting quarrels all the time, but they should be willing to teach the truth compassionately that the Lord may reveal to the hearers their errors and set them free.  God certainly doesn’t want us to let everyone run over us with false opinions and force lies down our throats, but He doesn’t want us to go around picking fights, either.  We must stand firmly and compassionately on the truth, and yes, even be willing to defend the faith in an arguement if need be.  But when we go out looking for trouble, just for the hoot of it, we step outside of God’s charge here in this passage.  So let’s ask the Lord to help us to handle his Word in a way that would be pleasing to Him and bring glory to His name.  Blessing and peace!

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