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Eye On Integrity-Gentle Instruction

October 18th, 2018

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Eye on Integrity is based on Second Timothy 2:24 to 26.

How is the Lord’s servant supposed to respond to voices of opposition? This is a good Scripture to study for wisdom.

“The Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome, but must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. Opponents must be gently instructed, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.”

When God’s people are faced with opposition to our faith, there might be a temptation to enter into an argument over differences. But Paul reminds Timothy here that there is something more important than winning an argument. It is more important to win souls, and it is hard to win souls if we burn bridges with anger, heated arguments, or a spirit of resentment toward the very people we are trying to reach for the Gospel.

Walking with gentle instruction and kindness are virtues to embrace for our lives in the Year of Integrity.

John Shirk


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