I really appreciate when I'm looking up a specific scripture, and while reading the text before and after it to have better contextual understanding, I find something I wasn't looking for that is applicable to what is currently happening in my life.
"23Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels. 24And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful."
*sigh* I think I need to post this on my mirror. "Do not be quarrelsome. Do not be quarrelsome. Do not be quarrelsome!"
But the next part is important too. I was on my way to church, scanning the radio and a sermon on the next bit of scripture struck home...
"25Gently instruct those who oppose the truth. Perhaps God will change those people’s hearts, and they will learn the truth."
But so many disagree over what the "truth" about anything is. So how do we know? 2 Timothy 2:15 says, "Study to show yourself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." (AKJV) or "Do your best to present yourself..." (NIV) or "Work hard so you can present yourself..." (NLT)
I'm sure many of the controversial things I would write about here fall under the category of "godless, foolish discussions." (2 Timothy 2:16 NLT) Perhaps I should try to restrain myself. In any case, I will do my best to learn the truth and speak the truth with love.