That Was Me! - Spiritual Growth Encouragement Series - Arnie Cole

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Bible Verses: 2 Timothy 2:23-25

"Again I say, don’t get involved in foolish, ignorant arguments that only start fights. A servant of the Lord must not quarrel but must be kind to everyone, be able to teach, and be patient with difficult people. Gently instruct those who oppose the truth. Perhaps God will change those people’s hearts, and they will learn the truth."

Reflect and Respond:

Expect to run into difficult people. After all, this is a difficult world. But their anger doesn't have to fuel your anger, because through Jesus, you have hope in ALL situations. Let your patience and love for others reflect that hope today. After all, you never know who is watching!

Prayer:

Lord, I ask for your wisdom today, to see others with Your eyes and to hear them with Your ears, Your perspective. Give me grace to be kind, even to those who aren't kind. Show me how to gently instruct those who oppose Your truth, trusting You to change their hearts in time. Amen.

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Kindness and patience are two attributes which I need more of, Lord Jesus. Please grant me a generous supply of each so that I may become the person You intended. This I pray in the name of Jesus, Amen.
Me too. It's terribly disappointing. Keep my focus on you, Lord Jesus!
Whether or not another human is watching, we must remember that Jesus is always watching! That should remind us that nothing we ever do is hidden, even if another human does not see it. I struggle with this all the time, but I struggle with it now in public more than ever because I find myself getting caught up in the intensity of something commonplace like shopping for groceries. Lord Jesus, remind me that You are always watching and help me to respond to every situation as if you were standing right next to me. Help me to remember that You are always right there next to me even if I forget to notice You in the faces of others around me.
What a great reminder! I have never seen so much anger as I am seeing today.
Thank you for this reminde.r. I encountered one last Wednesday during outreach. I struggled and stayed calm and composed. Am learning all the time out there!
Thanks for the reminder of this Scripture.
Yes same with me, I go there a lot, “not being patient, that is”, I pray the Lord help me in this area, Amen!🙏🏻
I find it challenging to hold my tongue when difficult people relentlessly just "keep going at it". Most of the time I find a godly way to end the conversation. Bot for those other times that I didn't react as well as I should have, God is faithful both to forgive and teach! I appreciate the Scripture reminder.
Such a simple formula. I wish more of us would apply to our lives!
I try my best to watch what I say to others. Sometimes it is difficult but it is worth doing. Usually it doesn't do any good to cause an argument. Thank you Lord for helping me keep my mouth shut.
Praying for you and your father today, Karen!
Father, thank You for the encouragement the Bible (Your Word) presents to us. Help me today to be obedient to Your command to love and be kind to everyone no matter how difficult they are. Use me to bring enlightenment to those who oppose You, and may You change their hearts and minds with Your truth and love. In Jesus' name. 🙏.
Yes very helpful. Especially hearing again the scripture in Timothy. I have an elderly father who I help take care of. He is supposedly a Christian but insists in always picking arguments with me to the point where I have to walk out. He can barely hear and doesn't know what I'm saying so I guess he always assumes I'm arguing with him so he raises his voice louder and louder and a lot of times it's criticism of me and he has even told me to shut up. He later apologizes but his behavior really worries me. He has always been somewhat this way his whole life but now at 98 years old and with his hearing almost gone it makes things twice as hard. He also refuses to get hearing aids. He treats my mother so bad. She is also disabled snd bed ridden. He is very selfish and doesn't show qualities of a true Christian. But he is in church every Sunday. It's like he doesn't know how to apply what he learns. I know he has mental flaws. And anger problems. I think if he had been put on medication when younger that he could have lived a more calm and productive life. The bottom line is. PLEASE PLEASE PRAY. For him. I get scared sometimes thinking he's not really a Christian and that he won't go to heaven. I know he has a personal relationship with God because we have talked about it. But his actions in everyday life do not reflect it. And if I gently remind him of certain scriptures in the Bible he tells me I don't know what I'm talking about! He is not senile and does not have dementia!! He is sharp as a tack about everything! But I know his personal Christian life is not where it needs to be. I have worried so much about it and prayed and prayed. I've tried just leaving it to God but I find myself worrying again and again. I'm hoping it will happen in Gods perfect timing. In the meantime. I'm asking anyone who reads this to pray for my father that he might return to his Christian values and keep in mind the instructions of the Lord. For his own self snd for his loved ones. I pray that he can see how damaging his words and actions can be. I also pray that I can get rid of the specks in my eyes so that I can properly react or not react to him and that I can contain my own anger and know what to do. Thank you God for hearing my plea and thank you BTTB friends. AMEN!