Monday, July 20th
Let’s Pursue Righteousness, Faith, Love, and Peace
It’s hard to believe that we’re just over halfway to the end of this challenge. I have learned a lot so far from 2 Timothy and am excited about these next two weeks and a bit.
The past few days we’ve been adding to our characteristics of believers/unbelievers charts and today we’ve finished looking at the characteristics in 2 Timothy chapter 2.
As I started thinking about some of the characteristics that we’ve been looking at today, I wondered how well I am doing when it comes to applying them to my life. For example, sometimes it’s easy to be quarrelsome and forget about being kind to all (2:23). Sometimes, I don’t want to teach others the truth; I am not always patient when wronged. When people are in opposition to the truth, the temptation is to correct them harshly, or, sometimes, if it seems I’m in the minority, I sit on my hands and don’t speak a word of correction.
What a difference it would make if I could act with these characteristics all the time. What would it look like if I were consistently “pursuing righteousness, faith, love, and peace” as instructed verse 22?
What really hits home is that, if I do walk in obedience, correcting those in opposition with gentleness instead of harshness, then God may grant those people repentance. My actions matter! God may bring them to their senses. They may escape from the snare of the devil, it may be because I have yielded myself to His will. Me, the guy who likes to be in the background, sometimes expecting someone else to teach and correct. I guess when I sit back and expect someone else to be those things, these people may never be released from their captivity, all because I’m not doing what I should be.
What a challenge that is for me as I think about this passage. What about you? What characteristics or personality traits do you have to yield to God? Do you desire to be used by God to bring others to repentance? How do you see your role in bringing others to repentance?