2 TIMOTHY 2:24:25

And the servant of the Lord must not be quarrelsome—fighting and contending. Instead he must be kindly to everyone and mild-tempered — preserving the bond of peace; he must be a skilled and suitable teacher, patient and forbearing and willing to suffer wrong.

25. He must correct his opponents with courtesy and gentleness, in the hope that God may grant that they will repent and come to know the Truth—that is, that they will perceive and recognize and become accurately acquainted with and acknowledge it,

26. And that they may come to their senses and escape out of the snare of the devil, having been held captive by him, henceforth to do God’s will. Amp.

This whole chapter 2 tells many things we need to do to be able to be the servant of the Lord that God is looking for. We are to suffer hardships and suffering while learning to endure.

If we are faithless, He remains true. vs.13. There are many times when we just do not have the understanding of what the Lord is up to and our faith is weak. But He is always there building us up and helping us on.

We are to avoid empty, vain, useless, idle talk. It only leads to more sin. vs.16 Ephesians 4:29 says, Let no foul or polluting language, nor evil word, nor unwholesome or worthless talk come out of your mouth; but only such speech as is good and beneficial to the spiritual progress of others…

I think we all basically know not to speak evil words, but what about useless and worthless talk? I believe Jesus always said words that were for the good of others. I think we are all guilty of small talk and think there is nothing wrong with that. More and more He shows me that He wants me to speak His words and not my own words. It is very hard, because I do like to talk.

If we are a servant of God, we are His representatives. Everything we do is on trial by the world around us. We must watch how we dress, what we say and how we react to situations. The Pharisees were constantly setting traps for Jesus to say something so they could bring charges against Him.

The world is always watching, waiting and hoping for Christians to do something wrong. Then they won’t feel so bad about themselves when they mess up. They will say, “well so and so did it and he is supposed to be a Christian.” We must always be on guard in all of our ways, especially if we teach others.

We must give ourselves time to learn these ways. It is very hard to be gentle with someone who you know is trying to trip you up and make you look bad. But we are to be harmless as doves. So how do we learn these very hard things?

Verse 21 says to separate yourself from contaminating and corrupting influences. We must pay attention to what we allow into our spirit. We want to be clean and pure and filled by the Holy Spirit. We want the Holy Spirit to rule our spirit and not let our flesh rule our spirit.

Our flesh must die and become weaker and weaker everyday or we will get upset at the opposition. Romans 8:4-7 explains it all for us. If we are set on gratifying the flesh we will be controlled by the flesh. If we are set on gratifying the Holy Spirit we will be controlled by the Holy Spirit.

It is all about what you want. If you really want to please the Lord and know you will live at a distance from Him if the flesh is in control then you will obey the Holy Spirit. The more you obey the Holy Spirit the stronger you become. We must bring all these needs to Him in our prayer time and talk to Him about them. He will always be there with all that we need.

SONG — HEART OF A SERVANT — KELLY WILLARD

GARDEN

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