Today’s Scripture Selection: Second Timothy 2:24
“And the Lord’s servant must not quarrel; instead he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful.”
How gentle are you?
You might think the answer to that question might depend on the specific circumstances; the person or persons with which you are dealing, etc.
But, for the most part, the Bible sets the standard on another whole level.
If we are to be instruments of God’s peace – most times – we have to find that gentle part of ourselves, nurture it, and put it to good use; sometimes under very difficult circumstances.
But, with God’s help, I think most times we can do it.
The problem is we often jump right to justifying our anger; our impatience; our unwillingness to be taught – or try and gently teach – as the case may be.
The apostle Paul, in his instruction to young Timothy, said very clearly that that’s just not good enough for “the Lord’s servant.”
But I don’t think he was talking only to professional clergy.
I think we are called to do our best to patiently, humbly, and gently deal with one another.
It isn’t easy to do. But, then again, the Lord has high standards for His children.
So, take a look at the situations – the people – that need a gentle hand and heart this week. Ask God to help you with that.
And I believe the world will become just a little better – a little at a time.
Prayer: Lord, help me to be humble enough to learn to be gentle. AMEN.