Laws and Contracts–they are powerful tools. Funny thing is, however, neither were ever designed or intended for those who would choose to comply with or follow them. The Law was designed to expose and to stop those whose intentions were never to keep the law or the contract.
Those that do intend to push, stretch or completely disregard the law usually can quote the law word for word. Those that violate contracts can point to page and paragraph, and attempt to explain chapter and verse–on why they do not apply.
Paul is teaching Pastor Timothy it is not his job to argue extensively with those that have no intention of following Christ about things that they neither care about, nor really want to know the facts or truth. He encourages Timothy and us–spend your time simply seeking God and realizing his grace is for those that seek it–of which Paul was the chief.
We, like Paul, do not need to spend our days arguing about menial theological questions. Instead, we need to walk humbly, preach boldly and encourage endlessly others that would come to know him. God has never been about the rules or the tasks. He has always sought to be in relationship and develop us from the heart outward to simply follow him and live to serve him and others. If we walk in that selfless mode, the laws and doctrines that seem so important to those that are looking for loopholes–are mere window dressing and do not dictate how we live each day under God’s grace and power.
Live to please God out of love–not out of obligation. Then the laws and rules can be available for those who never intended to follow them anyway!
God Bless You
We know that the law is good when used correctly. 9 For the law was not intended for people who do what is right. It is for people who are lawless and rebellious, who are ungodly and sinful, who consider nothing sacred and defile what is holy, who kill their father or mother or commit other murders. 10 The law is for people who are sexually immoral, or who practice homosexuality, or are slave traders, liars, promise breakers, or who do anything else that contradicts the wholesome teaching 11 that comes from the glorious Good News entrusted to me by our blessed God.
Paul’s Gratitude for God’s Mercy
12 I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength to do his work. He considered me trustworthy and appointed me to serve him,13 even though I used to blaspheme the name of Christ. In my insolence, I persecuted his people. But God had mercy on me because I did it in ignorance and unbelief. 14 Oh, how generous and gracious our Lord was! He filled me with the faith and love that come from Christ Jesus.
15 This is a trustworthy saying, and everyone should accept it: “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners”—and I am the worst of them all. 16 But God had mercy on me so that Christ Jesus could use me as a prime example of his great patience with even the worst sinners.