“And the Lord’s servant must not quarrel; instead, he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful (II Timothy 2:24).”
Lateley I have been arguing a lot. Specifically, I have been arguing a lot with my wife and kids. A lot of these arugments have beeb over nothing.
I could write off my quarrelsome nature to my fatigue and stress, which are great at the moment. But that would sound like an excuse, which in reality it is. Indeed, being tired and under pressure have contributed to my surliness and lack of patience. However, these are not the key factors contributing to my argumentative stance these days.
I think the key factor that is causing me to fight with my family is my failure to embrace the grace available in Jesus Christ. His grace should be what I feast on in times like this. If I did, I would be less quarrelsome and ornery. Life wouldn’t be so draining. I could trust Jesus instead of trying to figure out how to gain the resources I need.
Grace would give me strength and dispel my fears. That’s what the apostle Paul told Timothy. Apparently Timothy had a lot of hardship and encountered a lot of people who wanted to dispute his teaching. These folks wanted to get on Timothy’s case about minor issues (II Timothy 2:1-3, 14-16).
Paul told Timothy to “remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead…”. If Timothy did this, he would keep perspective and focus on his purpose in life instead of the hardship encountered while fulfilling it. The lives of both Jesus and Paul were examples of enduring suffering graciously. Jesus died on a cross and Paul was put in chains. Paul didn’t always have the things necessary to live. However, he considered otherwise profitable things as garbage when compared to knowing Jesus Christ (Phillipians 3:7,8). This attitude gave Paul the perspective he needed to persevere in his hardship.
If God has called us to be where we are, then He will give us grace to handle the difficult times. We can strengthen ourselves in Jesus Christ , knowing He will meet our needs while we meet those of others. We can take the grace Jesus gives us and exhibit it to other people, being kind and gentle instead of argumentative. We can spread the grace around.