Thursday October 28, 2021

Thursday – October 28th – 2 Timothy 2:22-23     -----      
2:22 Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. 
23 But avoid foolish and ignorant disputes, knowing that they generate strife. 
The Daily Walk Bible inspirational thought for today:
    Good Thursday to you! The inspirational thought for today is spot on. As a follower of Jesus, we are given the opportunity to share our faith with those who do not yet know Jesus as their savior. The role of witness for Jesus can be overwhelming and somewhat intimidating and thus many of us shy away when presented with the opportunity. Others think that we must travel to far and distant lands or venture into geographical areas we are unfamiliar with to find an unsaved person. While both of these speculations are often championed as the reasons we are slow to witness, the reality is that we need to look no further than our normal surroundings to find those confused about Christ. And our witness does not need to include cover to cover quotes of scripture, but simply share the difference Jesus has made to you. Chances are if they are folks in the shadow of your mailbox, they probably have some of the same challenges you faced that Jesus took care of when you said “yes”.

     In our pick verses today, Paul turns his attention to the life focus a believer must possess to resist the false teachings they will encounter. Paul’s is speaking directly to the younger believers when he instructs Timothy to teach that a disciplined person is able to avoid youthful lusts. For Paul this warning expands past sexual temptations to also include those attitudes and desires of youth that are contrary to a life of holiness. Paul encourages an aggressive and intentional pursuit of righteousness in all their thoughts, words, and actions. A pure heart is to be considered normative in the life of a Christian. When we seek a pure and righteous heart than we see the foolishness of mindless disputes because they so often deal with unimportant issues that do not affect our salvation. Because these disputes are not founded on God’s revealed truth Paul labels them as ignorant in nature. How often are we caught up in disputes or discussions that actually push the conversation away from the truth of God?

  Pastor Jim
Friday – October 29th – 2 Timothy 2:24-26
*Tyndale. The Daily Walk Bible NLT (Daily Walk: Full Size) (Kindle Locations 57110-57111). Tyndale House Publishers. Kindle Edition.
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