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. 😊
Psst. Hey Christian! Yes, I’m talking to you. What do you think about the latest world events? Are you signing petitions in your state demanding your governor to demand our federal government to keep Syrian refugees out of the USA? Are you living in fear or faith?
Oh man, because you know there might be a terrorist who sneaks in pretending to be a refugee. Again. It could happen.
But what about all the mothers, fathers, grandparents, children, babies? What should we say to them? Oh sorry. We know you might be nice and all, but there could be terrorists among you and our lives here are so neat and tidy and filled with fun Christian activities like Christian concerts and movies and game nights and conferences where we worship and talk about all the ways we can change the world. We’re just so busy and fulfilled we don’t want to be worried about you too.
What are you going to do when the reverse is true? When you are the mother, father, grandparent, refugee that needs a safe haven?
I’m sorry to burst your bubble, but if you turn your back on people who need help, don’t be surprised at the consequence. There are always consequences. You reap what you sew and all that.
And don’t forget about the man who was murdered by terrorists on your behalf so you could be free. Because you were one of them, I was one of them. Thank God Jesus didn’t turn his back on me!
“For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
Romans 5:7-8 ESV
On the day I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior, I became a new creation. I truly believe this.
I believe the Bible is true. All of it, not just the bits I agree with, even the hard bits.
The interesting thing though you see is my mind hasn’t fully caught up with the new Michelle. My behavior hasn’t fully caught up with the new Michelle either.
I’m in Gainesville visiting my favorite second son. He needed a new laptop. We spent the afternoon at Best Buy shopping for a new computer, the latest model. He told the salesman how his old computer wouldn’t display videos properly, how they would stop, lag.
I think my brain is an old computer with new software. It’s lagging, skipping, trying to catch up, process.
Unlike a computer though, I am a real person with the ability to learn new things. I’m confident in the Lord to keep teaching me.
This is day 4 of #Write31Days.
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