Week of March 11 - Day 3

Day 3 Read: 2 Timothy 2:24-25; Galatians 6:1; James 1:21

 24 And the Lord's servant[e] must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, 25 correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth,

Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. 

21 Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.


Consider: From 2 Timothy 2:24-25: Paul prescribed both negative and positive instructions for the Lord’s servant. Negatively the Christian leader was not to be quarrelsome. Paul had earlier prescribed this requirement for the overseer or elder of a congregation (1 Tim 3:3). Paul outlined four positive traits needed by a servant who seeks to prevent quarrels. First, he must be “kind to everyone” (“gentle to everybody,” Williams). He need not be a jellyfish, but he must have a kindliness in his outward manner. Second, he must be “able to teach” (“a skillful teacher,” Williams). The term in this context calls for both the ability and the willingness to teach. Third, he must avoid resentfulness (“patient when wronged,” NASB). The word describes someone who can control irritability because he has learned to bear patiently the wrong in others. Fourth, he is to “instruct” his opponents so as to correct their error of heresy. The call for gentleness demands a tolerance in spirit without a weakening of evangelical orthodoxy. Timothy’s opponents included both hardened antagonists (see 1 Tim 1:20) and those duped by their deceitful ways, and Timothy had to be prepared to deal wisely with either group.[1]

Respond: What situations in your life right now are challenging you to deal with someone in a gentle or meek manner?


[1] Thomas D. Lea and Hayne P. Griffin, 1, 2 Timothy, Titus, vol. 34, The New American Commentary (Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1992), 221.