2 Timothy 2:22-3:9 – August 24
The Bible is basically a compilation of love letters from our Father in heaven, His loving words breathed onto each page. Over the next several months, as we study the letters of the Bible, Galatians through Jude, I pray that You will experience His eternal love in new ways and that it will transform you. These letters were written by Christian leaders, most of them by Paul, to establish and grow the Christian Church. For us, they are filled with love and gold nuggets on living a Christian life. Join along in our study by reading today’s scripture, journaling on it using SOAP, then sharing how God spoke to you today. Below is the NIV version of today’s reading, then below that is a SOAP from one of our study leaders. The Comments section on our website is an open forum for sharing, requesting prayer, and asking questions.
2 Timothy 2:22-3:9 – Dealing With False Teachers
22 Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. 23 Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels. 24 And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. 25 Opponents must be gently instructed, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, 26 and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.
3 But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. 2 People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, 4 treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.
6 They are the kind who worm their way into homes and gain control over gullible women, who are loaded down with sins and are swayed by all kinds of evil desires, 7 always learning but never able to come to a knowledge of the truth. 8 Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so also these teachers oppose the truth. They are men of depraved minds, who, as far as the faith is concerned, are rejected. 9 But they will not get very far because, as in the case of those men, their folly will be clear to everyone.
Hope and Harshness | Becky Newman
2 Timothy 2:25-26
Hard, harsh words fill today’s reading. Paul is just telling Timothy how it is, how the world is now and how it’s going to get worse. He’s telling him this not to make him depressed and hopeless but to compel him in his mission to lead people to Jesus. This verse also reminds that it is by the grace of God that an individual may come to know Jesus and be saved.
It was hard for me to read today’s reading, especially the end of verse 4: “Have nothing to do with such people.” What if “such people” are your son? I think I have to act with the belief that there is hope for him to “come to his senses” and that he does not yet fall into the “such people” category. I have a mission to lead people to Jesus, including him. These verses show me that in doing so, I need to be gentle, hope-filled, kind, not quarrelsome, and not resentful.
Verse 26 so closely describes the hardship my husband and I are facing, and I know that You perfectly planned for me to read it today. Though I’ve been hurt, help me to still point my son to You with love, gentleness, hope, kindness, and peace. I beg You, Lord, that he would never fall into the “such people” category. Open his eyes, soften his heart, please Lord; I pray that he would sprint to You and Your Truth.
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