Kind To Everyone

The Virtuous Life - Day 207 - 2 Timothy 2-24-26 - Kind To Everyone - Growing As Disciples

The Virtuous Life – Day 207 – 2 Timothy 2-24-26 – Kind To Everyone – Growing As Disciples

And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth, and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will. 2 Timothy 2:24-26 (ESV)

An Opportunity

Do you want to serve me well? Do you want to bear fruit for my kingdom and bring glory to my name? Do you want to shine brightly for me, like a star in the universe, in the darkness of this world? Do you want to be able to store up treasure in heaven with me? Do you want to be able to have a powerful ministry in the lives of others? Do you want to hear me one day say, “Well done, good and faithful servant? Yes, of course, I want all these things to be true in my life. Why are you asking me all these questions? Do you have some point you want to make with me? Is there something that I am missing? Is there something standing in the way of all these things being true in my life? Do I need to make a course correction in the way that I am thinking or speaking or acting? You have answered my good questions with your own good questions. Yet, you do know the answers to both my questions and your questions. You already know the course corrections you must make in the way you are thinking and speaking and acting toward others, isn’t that true? Yes, that is true.

Tell me your thoughts. I am a debater. I have been quarrelsome. I have not been kind to everyone. I have not patiently endured evil that has been done against me. I have lost sight of what is ultimately important. What is ultimately important? Every one of your questions points me towards what is ultimately important. How so? I could ask myself, “Do I want to win a debate or argument or see someone come to know and love and follow and serve you? or “Do I want to store up treasure in heaven with you or win debates and arguments down here on earth?” or “Do I want to be a champion debater or bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name?” I know that I have not been exceedingly gentle with all my opponents. Forgive me. You are forgiven. All is not lost. You can begin again. You can start over. You can still be powerfully used by me. All that you hope to be true of your life, all we are discussing here, can still be true for you. Will you be gentle with all your opponents? Will you allow me to use you to bear fruit for my kingdom and bring glory to my name? Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good. Thank you, Lord.

Lord, help me to serve you well. I will be kind to everyone. I will not be quarrelsome. I will patiently endure evil. I will teach and correct others with the greatest amount of gentleness. Use me to lead others to the truth so that they will come to know you. Amen

Key Question…  When has someone willingly listened to your words because of the gentle way you dealt with them?

Living It Out…  Continually be gentle and kind to your opponent’s so that you will have an opportunity to minister to them.

Seeing It Happen…  Have faith that you will have an opportunity to minister to others as you continue to be gentle and kind to them.

Get Ready To Share…  Share with another person or your small group how you have patiently endured evil and been kind to your opponents.

Prayer To Bless Others…  May you not be quarrelsome, but rather be kind to everyone, so you can have a ministry in their lives.

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A Pure Heart

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Promises - Day 53 - 2 Timothy 2:22-26 - A Pure Heart - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Day 53 – 2 Timothy 2:22-26 – A Pure Heart – Growing As Disciples

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)

My Witness

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

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