Characteristics of the Lord’s Servants

2 Timothy 2:24-26

When we hear the phrase “serving God,” we usually think of activities like teaching Sunday school or visiting the sick. But the most important thing about a servant of the Lord is character. Though today’s passage was written about pastors, it is applicable to every believer.

Those who serve God are not to be quarrelsome but instead should show kindness and patience when wronged. Frequently we want to argue our point and fight for our rights. And if offended, we’re quick to retaliate or hold a silent grudge. But Paul advises us to instead exercise self-control and respond with the fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22-23).

God wants His children to know how to instruct and correct others with gentleness (2 Timothy 2:25). All believers—even those of us who aren’t specifically gifted to teach—should be able to convey biblical truths, explain the gospel, and wisely correct those who have believed false teaching.

Finally, we must pray for those who don’t know God, asking Him to lead them to repentance and knowledge of the truth. Only the Lord can save, but He uses His children’s godly responses to open doors.

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