Sunday, February 04, 2007

2 Timothy 2:23-26

23Don't have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels. 24And the Lord's servant must not quarrel; instead, he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. 25Those who oppose him he must gently instruct, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, 26and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.

What wonderful counsel from Paul. It is so easy to think that we need to get in everyone’s face with the truth and thump our Bibles at them until they accept the truth and act upon it. These passages instruct Timothy to do just the opposite. And we should take heed of these instructions. Does this mean that we are to be passive? By no means. Don’t forget Paul’s admonition to fight the good fight – after all we are in a battle. However, the truth that Paul is presenting illumines the fact that it is only God who can grant people repentance. It is God who changes hearts. Our role as saints is to, in a kind and gentle manner, instruct on the things of the Lord and his truth. We present the truth, the Holy Spirit prepares and opens their minds, and the truth transforms. You see, the goal is not to win the argument; it is that they will escape from the trap of the enemy. May we refrain from arguing and instead present the word of God boldly in kindness and gentleness for his glory.

1 comment:

Josue said...

Good stuff Eric. I enjoy this scripture very much.