If anyone teaches false doctrines and does not agree to the sound instruction of our Lord Jesus Christ and to godly teaching, he is conceited and understands nothing. He has an unhealthy interest in controversies and quarrels about words that result in envy, strife, malicious talk, evil suspicions and constant friction between men of corrupt mind, who have been robbed of the truth and who think that godliness is a means to financial gain. 1 Timothy 6:3-5 (NIV)
I am not interested in wide-ranging debates. I am not attracted to quarreling about words. I am not enticed by an unhealthy interest in controversies. Strife, malicious talk, and evil suspicions are repulsive to me. I can’t stand to live in constant friction caused by corrupt minds that are engaged in evil thoughts. I’m not at all drawn to the idea of making money through some twisted form of so called godliness. What does interest you? What words do you find attractive? What kind of talk would you find to be pleasant to your heart and mind and soul? Those are good questions.
I am attracted to the truth. I want to know the truth. I want to be set free by the truth. I want to be guarded and guided by the truth. I want to be molded and shaped by the truth. How will you know what is true and what is false? Where does the truth come from? The world is filled with falsehood. The world is motivated by selling the latest and greatest idea and calling it the truth. The world’s truth is constantly changing to satisfy the motives of whoever is peddling it. The truth certainly does not come from the world or anything that is in it. The truth comes from you. You are the truth. Your words are the truth. Your word is truth. Your truth does not change to fit the desires of the moment. Your truth is a solid rock of stability. Your truth can be trusted, followed and obeyed. Your word will endure forever. When everything passes away, your truth will remain. Yes, It will.
What will you do with my word? What will you do with the truth? I will take your word into my life. I will read your word. I will study your word. I will meditate on and memorize your word. I will pray your word. I will put your word into practice. I will even teach your word to others. In every way, I will take a hold of your word so that it will take hold of me. I will let your word guard and guide my life. I will let your word change my heart and transform my mind. I will live and walk with you in your word, which is the truth. That will be very good.
Lord, help me to be on guard against unbiblical, ungodly and un Christ-like teaching. Help me also to hear, receive and apply your sound teaching in my life on a daily basis. Teach and train me by your word so that I will live for you. Amen
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