God's gentle correction

After my earthquake from earlier, I had to head off to Bible study where I co-facilitate a Precept Ministries (Inductive study) class on 1/2 Timothy and Titus. Tonight we were in 2 Timothy 2 and I about fell out of my chair when I read the following:

22-24 – Now flee from youthful lusts and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart. But refuse foolish and ignorant speculations, knowing that they produce quarrels. The Lord’s bond-servant must not be quarrelsome, but be kind to all, able to teach, patient when wronged,

Sometimes we read God’s word and it is not relevant at that precise moment and then when you re-read it and it hits you upside your head. I had a hit upside the head tonight because I was foolish and ignorant earlier and it produced a quarrel so I obviously was not pursuing faith, love, nor peace (more like pieces) and I definitely was not kind nor patient when I was wronged.

Thank goodness for gentle correction.

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2 thoughts on “God's gentle correction”

  1. Ouch… that verse hit home for me today as well. Thank you for posting it – it looks like I need alot more work in the the bond-servant portion of my life! Which should be all of it (as a child of Christ), and I move on with my to do list and somehow (is this possible?) forget this very important admonition. Definitely need to spend some more time in 2 Timothy.

  2. I am glad it ministered to you. The class has been stepping on all of my toes 🙂 and no matter how many times I have read 1/2 Timothy and heard sermons from it, until I have had to write out the different instructions and exhortations, I never realized how much information on how to live our daily lives were in those relatively short books of the Bible. Blessings!

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