Day 5 Read: 2 Timothy 2:22-26
So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart. 23 Have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies; you know that they breed quarrels. 24 And the Lord's servant 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, 26 and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will.
Reflect: What are young people typically passionate about? How might some of these things stand in the way of Christian devotion and maturity? What passions and interests also distract middle and older adults from focusing as they should on Christ and His Kingdom?
Consider: not strive—“The servant of the Lord” must imitate his master in not striving contentiously, though uncompromising in earnestly contending for the faith (Jud 1:3; Mt 12:19). gentle unto all men—“patient” (Greek, “patient in bearing wrongs”) in respect to adversaries. He is to be gentle so that he may occasion no evils; patient so that he may endure evils.4
Respond: What happens if we begin to believe that everyone who disagrees with us is wrong? How can we keep an open and humble mind toward those who have ideas and opinions different from our own without compromising truth? How does Paul encourage you to overcome anxieties or fears about sharing the gospel? Who might you be able to share the gospel with this week?
4 Robert Jamieson, A. R. Fausset, and David Brown, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible, vol. 2 (Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 1997), 425.