by Bruce Reeves
Preparing for a sermon I came across this passage as Paul wrote to Timothy and thought I would share:
"Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth. Avoid godless chatter, because those who indulge in it will become more and more ungodly. Their teaching will spread like gangrene. Among them are Hymenaeus and Philetus, who have departed from the truth. They say that the resurrection has already taken place, and they destroy the faith of some. Nevertheless, God's solid foundation stands firm ... Don't have anything to do with foolish and ignorant arguments, because you know they produce quarrels. The Lord's bond-servant must not be quarrelsome, but be kind to all, able to teach, patient when wronged" (II Timothy 2:15-19, 23).
As one serves the Lord and teaches the truth there is certainly a time to forthrightly reprove and rebuke that which is sinful and false, but we must not ever lose our dignity, integrity, and character in Christ in the process.