Saturday, February 21, 2009

Teaching with Gentleness

(by: me)

"The Lord's bond-servant must not be quarrelsome but . . . able to teach . . . with gentleness correcting those who are in opposition, if perhaps God may grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth, and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, having been held captive by him to do his will." (2 Timothy 2:24-26.)

Oh boy! Not being argumentative but able to instruct with tenderness correcting those who are in disagreement is, honestly, a little difficult for me at times. My own struggles with my sins of frustration, pride, selfishness, lack of self control, impatience, anger, sins of the tongue, and worldliness sometimes get in my way. Yet God’s word states,

1 Tim 3:2-3: Therefore an overseer must be…sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money.

1 Thess 2:7: …like a nursing mother taking care of her own children.

Galatians 6:1: 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.

Titus 3:2: to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people.

1 Timothy 6:11: But as for you, O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness.

1 Peter 3:15: but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect,

Acts 8:22: Repent, therefore, of this wickedness of yours, and pray to the Lord that, if possible, the intent of your heart may be forgiven you.

1 Timothy 3:7: Moreover, he must be well thought of by outsiders, so that he may not fall into disgrace, into a snare of the devil.

God calls me to instruct His little lambs and to confront sisters in Christ when needed gently and without being judgmental. For as iron sharpens iron so does one man sharpen another (Proverbs 27:17). But before opening my mouth I must take every thought captive (2 Corinthians 10:5), tame my tongue, and pray for wisdom from my King (James 3).

I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all lowliness and meekness, with patience, forbearing one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of us all . . . for the building up of the body of Christ until we all attain to the unity of the faith and the knowledge of the Son of God. (Ephesians 4:1-6, 13)

© 2009 B.T.P.
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