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“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. 25 Opponents must be gently instructed, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, 26 and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.”

2 Timothy 2:22-26

Introduction

Yesterday, we were in 2 Timothy 3, where we looked at Paul’s writing to Timothy encouraging him to stay faithful in his preaching. In 2 Timothy 2, Paul is encouraging Timothy to a faithfulness in himself and others in ministry. One commentary on 2 Timothy calls verses 14-26 the Marks of a Good Workman. In verses 15-19, Paul gives Timothy specific instructions as to how he is to conduct himself as a minister of the Gospel. Before our passage for today, in verses 20-21, Paul uses the illustration of household items to encourage Timothy to be a vessel usable by the Lord.

Prayer

God, I need You today. I give You my heart and my mind today, that as I study Your Word and seek You, would You replace my sinfulness and wickedness for a righteousness that can only be found in You? Speak to me today, Lord.

Questions from today’s reading:

  • What does Paul instruct us to flee?
  • To what are we supposed to chase after instead of evil desires?
  • Why are we to have nothing to do with foolish and stupid arguments?
  • How does being quarrelsome impact our ability to be kind to everyone?

Applications from today’s reading:

  • Ask the Lord if there are evil and youthful desires in your life that you are pursuing instead of righteousness.
    • Write down what He shows you, repent of them, and confess them to accountability you have in your life.
  • For us to continue to pursue evil desires directly impedes our ability to put on the breastplate of righteousness.
  • Paul gives us very clear instructions, we are not just to stop pursuing evil, we are to replace it by pursuing righteousness, faith, love, and peace.
    • We are to pursue these Godly attributes WITH other believers.
    • What sin do you need to stop chasing and replace with chasing righteousness?
  • Putting on the breastplate of righteousness is a group effort.
    • Doing what is right is made easier by doing it with people who want you to do right.
  • Take time today to talk with a friend or accountability partner about areas in your life where you may be lacking righteousness.
    • Discuss how having love and peace can complement righteousness.

Prayer

God, thank You for helping me to see today the importance for me to put aside the ways of the world and to replace them with Your ways. Lord exchange my heart for yours, that the way I live and interact with others today would be reflected in a lifestyle of righteousness. Help me to put on the breastplate of righteousness, that my heart and soul would be protected by a right living, found only in You. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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