And the Lord’s servant must not quarrel; instead, he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. Those who oppose him he must gently instruct, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will. 2 Timothy 2:24-26 (NIV)
That is what I want. That is what I am looking for. What is it that you want? What is it that you are looking for? I want and am looking for opportunities to be used by you. How do you want to be used by me? I want to help others to come to know and love and follow and serve you. I want to help others to come to their senses so that they can repent and turn away from their sins and be set free from the trap of the devil. I want to help others to be able to live out the life of salvation you have for them now and forever. I want to be able to rejoice with you and all heaven when someone welcomes you into their lives as their Savior and Lord. Those are all very good desires.
Not everyone has the opportunities that you are asking for. Not everyone is able to minister to the needs of others. Not everyone is able to lead others to me. Why is that? You tell me. Well, I am sure that it is your desire that every one of your followers will be able to minister to others and lead them to you. Yes, that is my desire. I suppose some will not be able to minster to others and lead them to you because they are preoccupied or uninterested or unwilling or maybe even afraid. That is regrettable. That is lamentable. That is so sad. Yes, it is. Is there any other reason why someone might not be able to minster to others and lead them to me? Yes, there is another reason. It feels like you might be zeroing in on me. Maybe, I am. A quarrelsome and argumentative person will have little opportunity to be used by you to minister to others. Why is that? Quarrels and arguments and debates drive people away rather than draw them near. All of these close doors and limit opportunities to minister to others. Little kindness, mercy and love is seen in the heat of quarrels, arguments and debates. No one will open their heart to express their need or confess their sins to someone who is an angry debater, quarreler or arguer. I don’t want to be that person. That’s good. I will be kind. I will be gentle. I will be loving, so that I can be powerfully used by you. That will be very good. Help me to take advantage of every opportunity to love and minister to others. Yes, I will. You can count on me. Thank you, Lord.
Lord, protect me from being quarrelsome. Rather, help me to be kind, and loving and gentle to others. Open up doors of opportunity for me to minister to spiritual needs. Use me to lead others to you so they can turn from their sin, to love, follow and serve you. Amen
Key Question… Why can you be certain that quarrelsome arguments will destroy relationships?
Living It Out… Be kind and loving and gentle with others so that you will have an opportunity to minister to them.
Seeing It Happen… Have faith that being kind and loving and gentle will give you opportunities to minister to others.
Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group how the Lord has given you opportunities to minister to others.
Prayer To Bless Others… May you be kind to everyone so that they will be receptive to you teaching them.
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