Hey blogging friends! I’m currently doing a study on 1&2 Timothy with the Love God Greatly girls. If you don’t know about Love God Greatly, I encourage you to check them out. They are awesome! I read the Bible nearly everyday. I love being in the word of God. It’s how I’ve gotten to know him. The cool thing about an in depth study is, well, it’s in depth. It allows me to go deeper, to really get to see the heart of God and the message he’s trying to convey. So back to the study.
This is a 6 week study of 1&2 Timothy. Having just finished week 5, I’m pretty confident in saying that the biggest take away for me is that God really wants believers to keep the truth of the Gospel, to guard it, rightly divide it, humbly defend it. And I do mean humbly. God doesn’t need us to beat people into believing the truth.
25 Gently instruct those who oppose the truth. Perhaps God will change those people’s hearts, and they will learn the truth. 26 Then they will come to their senses and escape from the devil’s trap. For they have been held captive by him to do whatever he wants. (2 Timothy 2:25-26 NLT)
This can be particularly challenging in the work environment. And I don’t think it matters if you work in the secular world or the Christian world because, Christian or not, we are all sinners.
19 But God’s truth stands firm like a foundation stone with this inscription: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and “All who belong to the Lord must turn away from evil.” (2 Timothy 2:19 NLT)
I can’t stress this enough, we don’t have to argue and battle with people to get them to understand truth. When we argue and battle with people, it just sends them running away from God. Nothing makes me more sad than watching Christian co-workers getting sucked into ‘foolish’ arguments with people who are not believers. I think it’s one of the schemes of the enemy and it makes God look bad.
So my prayer for me and the rest of us is to really remember and understand the importance of keeping the truth and to teach others and correct others with love and gentleness.
I’m linking up with my friend Lyli today. 😊