Build An Ark: Letters From the Ranch
And the Lord's bond-servant must not be quarrelsome,
but be kind to all, able to teach, patient when wronged, with gentleness
correcting those who are in opposition, if perhaps God may grant them repentance
leading to the knowledge of the truth, and they may come to their senses
and escape from the snare of the devil, having been held captive by him
to do his will. 2 Timothy 2:24-26
Bondservant. To be the Lords bond-servant literally means to be a
love slave of our Lord Jesus. To serve Him, not only because of His love
for us, but because we love Him. Serving him from a heart of love, not fear.
Serving him from a heart of love, not anger. Serving him from a heart of
love, not obligation. Serving him from a heart of love, not to go to heaven.
The requirements. As being a bond-servant is a heart attitude that produces
a lifestyle these requirements are also a lifestyle requirement.
We all fall far short of being like Jesus and we sin. Sin becomes a lifestyle
when we practice it. The same is true with these requirements. Though we
will all do or say quarrelsome or unkind things. Though at times we are
impatient, this does not eliminate of from being one of His bond-servantsa
lifestyle of practicing sin in any of these areas does. Lets not practice
sin but instead overcome it.
Be of the same mind toward one another; do not
be haughty in mind but associate with the lowly. Do not be wise in your
own estimation. Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. Respect what is
right in the sight of all men. If possible, so far as it depends on you,
be at peace with all men. Romans 12:16-18
If your heart toward the Lord is to be at peace with all men you will have
a lifestyle of peace. Though you are occasionally unkind, those who know
you most intimately (the ones you live out your life in Christ with) will
say you are kind. Like wise, though you are occasionally impatient, those
who know you most intimately will say you are patient. Listen to the Lord
and those He has intimately joined you with and you will know. If you fall
short, ask forgiveness from the Lamb and repent (live the exact opposite,
His Way!). You will never regret it.