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As a Pastor, Timothy was truly seeking to be and lead a godly group at Ephesus.  Paul continued to encourage and mentor him on how to walk and how to lead.  As they moved forward, Paul focused upon Christ, avoiding senseless arguments, and not being bogged down in the theology–but to speak the truth in love.  Paul made clear to Timothy that the arguments over the fine points of religion completely confused the purpose of Christ’s message.

So, instead, Paul refocused Timothy on presentation of righteousness.  He was to walk in a way that honors God, teach in a way that draws men to God and treat others in a way that reflects the heart of God.  God’s chosen neither have the time or the capacity to become entrapped in silly arguments over senseless points.  Still, in the journey, Christians needed to remain kind, righteous and humble.

That model is still the model for the family of Christ.  We need not focus on the things that divide and destroy the message.  Instead, we must walk in a way that honors God.  Further, our message should speak the truth in love.  Our presentation should shine with humility and kindness.  Our battles should be with the enemy not with the people we call family. Walk faithfully, honor God consistently and love the church graciously!

God Bless You

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. 16 Avoid godless chatter, because those who indulge in it will become more and more ungodly. 17 Their teaching will spread like gangrene. Among them are Hymenaeus and Philetus, 18 who have departed from the truth. They say that the resurrection has already taken place, and they destroy the faith of some. 19 Nevertheless, God’s solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and, “Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness.”

20 In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for special purposes and some for common use. 21 Those who cleanse themselves from the latter will be instruments for special purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work.

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.