Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels. And the Lord’s servant must not quarrel; instead, he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. Those who oppose him he must gently instruct, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, 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 Tim 2:25) Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and to show true humility toward all men. (Tit 3:2 ) Brothers, if one of you is caught in a sin, you should restore him gently. (Ga 6:1).
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. (Matt 5:5) Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. (Matt 11:29).
1. In 2 Timothy, when faced with foolish or stupid arguments, how are Christians instructed to respond?
2. In 2 Timothy, how is a leader to instruct those who oppose him/her?
3. Have you ever received – or given – gentle correction?
4. How does Jesus describe Himself in the passage from Matthew above?