Monday, April 22, 2013

Instructing with Gentleness, Pt. 1

2 Timothy 2:24-25
24 The Lord’s slave must not quarrel, but must be gentle to everyone, able to teach, and patient, 25 instructing his opponents with gentleness. Perhaps God will grant them repentance leading them to the knowledge of the truth.

I've been spending a lot of time lately thinking about this verse. In context, the "opponents" Paul is referring to are likely unbelievers (see v. 26). However, I don't know about you, but in the day-to-day life of this American disciple, more often than not the opposition I face is from others who also claim the name of Christ. Paul tells us to be gentle with everyone, and to instruct with gentleness. What does this look like? When you have a word of correction you need to give to a brother or sister, how do you do this with gentleness?

As I pondered this idea, God brought to my mind five elements that I believe are key. There may be more, and if He gives me more I may update this later. But for now, I think this is a sufficient framework to start with. These are the five elements to consider:

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