Under Gods Command

2nd Timothy 2:14-16 Keep reminding them of these things.  Warn them before God against quarreling about words; it is of no value, and only ruins those who listen.  Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth. 

Paul urged Timothy to remind the believers not to argue over unimportant details (“quarreling about words”) because such arguments are confusing, useless, and even harmful.  False teachers loved to cause strife and divisions by their meaningless quibbling over unimportant details (Remember 1 Timothy 6:3-5).  Because God will examine what kind of workers we have been for him, we should build our lives on his Word and build his Word into our lives-it alone tells us how to live for him and serve him.

Believers who ignore the Bible will certainly be ashamed at the judgment.  Consistent and diligent study of God’s Word is vital; otherwise we will be lulled into neglecting God and our true purpose for living.

Lets Bring it Home: In important areas of Christian teaching, we must carefully work through our disagreements.  But when we bicker long hours over words theories that are not central to the Christian faith and life, we only provoke anger and hurt feelings.  Even if  “godless chatter” reaches a resolution, it gains little ground for the kingdom. Learning and discussing are not bad unless they keep believers constantly focusing on false doctrine or unhelpful insignificances.  Don’t let anything keep you from your work for and service to God. To handle the word of truth correctly, we must study what the Word of God says so we can understand what it means.

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