We who preach and write, do so in a manner different from which the Scriptures have been written. We write while we make progress. We learn something new every day. We speak as we still knock for understanding...If anyone criticizes me when I have said what is right, he does me an injustice. But I would be more angry with the one who praises me and takes what I have written for Gospel truth than I would be with the one who criticizes me unfairly. -Augustine


Apt to Teach, Patiently Enduring Evil

There are several verses I would like to remove from the Bible, but 2nd Timothy 2:24 would be at the top of my list. I don’t know why I put this one to memory, but lately it has been plaguing me. It goes like this: “The Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but be gentle to everyone!” Yes you heard correctly—everyone! And if that’s not enough conviction for one day, it continues to say “Apt to teach, patiently enduring evil,” I like the Apt to teach part that is until I looked it up in the Greek. Apt to teach carries the idea of being a learner first; to be teachable. Well, I am growing in this area, but as I look back on my life, I wasn’t very teachable, thus the reason God has had to chasten me several times to chip off those rough edges. Let’s see where was I with that verse? Oh yes…”The Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome, apt to teach, patiently enduring evil! Now do you see why I would remove this verse from the Bible? Patiently enduring evil? I have a hard time patiently enduring traffic, let alone evil! And the verse doesn’t stop there. Paul continues saying, “patiently enduring evil, correcting his opponents with gentleness. I was reminded this week on several fronts that there is a lot of work yet to be done in my life. And ya know, I think that a good work has already begun, as these words of God which started in my mind, are now getting closer to my heart. Change doesn’t occur by hoping, it starts by hiding God’s word in our heart.

Published in: on January 28, 2010 at 6:53 pm  Comments (1)