“Quarreling About Words” ( 2 Timothy 2: 14, NIV ) by Carley Evans

Paul warns Timothy to “avoid godless chatter.” (2 Timothy 2:16) Turns out godless chatter leads to godlessness and “spreads like gangrene.” (2 Timothy 2:17) Rather we are called to “correctly handle the Word of Truth” (2 Timothy 2:15) and to stand on “God’s solid foundation.” (2 Timothy 2:19) God’s foundation is that He knows who belongs to Him.

Paul encourages Timothy to “do [his] best to present [himself] to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed.” (2 Timothy 2:15) He tells Timothy to avoid and warn others “against quarreling about words.” Quarreling about words “is of no value, and only ruins those who listen.”

Godless chatter and quarreling about words are condemned by God the Holy Spirit through His servant, Paul. God says, “Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels. And the Lord’s servant must not quarrel; instead, be kind to everyone.” (2 Timothy 2:23-24)

God calls us to gentle instruction; teaching without resentment. (2 Timothy 2:25,24)


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