2 Timothy 2:24 And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient,
25 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;
26 And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.
Every Christian is called to be a servant of the Lord toward others. In this service, God specifically instructs us how to serve in the right way and with the right spirit. The Bible shows us that God’s servants should be “gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient.” Additionally, believers should instruct in meekness “those that oppose themselves.” Unfortunately, God’s people often struggle with balance and overcompensate or undercompensate in their dealings with the lost or the backslidden. For instance, Christians sometimes allow the wicked to gain control when they fail to respond. Those who do speak up sometimes oppose their adversaries with a vengeful anger. Neither extreme follows God’s precepts. As God’s servants, we are to respond to others in God’s behalf using His methods. God desires to give the lost and the backslidden “repentance to the acknowledging of the truth” so “that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.” We should strive to assist in bringing about God’s desired outcomes.
· (For children): The Bible says, “the sweetness of the lips increaseth learning” (Proverbs 16:21). When others are told what God says to do, they will be more willing to learn because of the kind words used rather than harsh ones. How would you like to be taught?
· (For everyone): How do you react when others say things to you in the wrong spirit? Do you respond? If so, do you respond with anger or with gentleness even when others fail to do so with you?
· Why do you think we tend to respond with anger? Are you angry for God’s sake or have you taken something personal? How should we respond for God’s sake?
· Ask the Lord to help you see that you are His servant.
· Ask God to give you His heart for those who are wayward.
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