Flee the evil desires of youth, and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels. 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 2:22-26 (NIV)
Do you want to be my witness in the world? Do you want me to use your life to draw others to me? Do you want to bear an abundance of fruit for my kingdom? Do you want to bring glory to my name? Yes, I want to be your witness in the world. Yes, I do want you to use my life to draw others to you. I would like nothing better than to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. It is my highest priority and strongest desire to fully live the life you have called me to live. That is very good. What must you do if you want all these things to be true and come into being in your life? I can think of several things. Go ahead, I’m listening. I must flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace so I can call on you with a pure heart. That is true. I must guard against being drawn into foolish and stupid arguments. Why is that? Foolish and stupid arguments lead to quarreling. Quarreling will make me ineffective as a witness for you in the world. How so? People are not drawn to a quarreler. People are repulsed by a quarrelsome person. If I am quarrelsome, no one will want to listen to me. That is also true. What must you be instead of being quarrelsome? I must be kind and gentle. I must be willing to gently instruct others who need to know the truth. I must be willing to help others to break free from deceptive traps of the devil, so that they can turn from their sin and begin to love and follow and serve you. Will you be this kind of person? Will you live this kind of life? Will you allow me to use you in these ways? Yes, Heavenly Father, I will. That will be very good. Then you will be my witness in the world. Then you will bear fruit for my kingdom and bring glory to my name. Thank you, Heavenly Father.
Heavenly Father, I will flee the evil desires of youth. I will pursue righteousness, faith and love, so I can call on you with a pure heart. Help me to live the life you are calling me to live. Use me to kindly and gently minister to others so they can come to know you. Amen
Key Question… How will pursing righteousness, faith, love and peace make you able to call on God with a pure heart?
Living It Out… Allow God to use you to kindly and gently instruct others so that they will come to know Him.
Seeing It Happen… Have faith that God will use your life as a witness to draw others to Jesus Christ.
Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group how God is using you to minister to others who are in need.
Prayer To Bless Others… May you call on God out of a pure heart so you can live the life He has called you to live.
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