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

A Hard Verse to Swallow

Do you ever wish a certain verse just wasn’t in the Bible? There are several verses I would like to remove from my Bible, but 2nd Timothy 2:24-25 would be at the top of my list. I recently memorized this verse, and it’s sure been plaguing me lately!

“The Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but be gentle to everyone!”

Everyone? Yes, you read that correctly. 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; or, I did, until I looked it up in the Greek. The phrase, “apt to teach” carries the idea of being a learner first, of being teachable. I am growing in this area, but as I look back on my life, I haven’t been very teachable. God has had to chasten me and chip off those rough edges.

So where was I with that verse? “The Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome, apt to teach, patiently enduring evil!”

Patiently enduring evil? I have a hard enough 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. 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 hearts so that we might not sin against Him.

Published in: on January 10, 2011 at 5:37 am  Leave a Comment