Words from the Heart for Wednesday July 20th, 2016
Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels. And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful.
2 Timothy 2:23-24 (NIV)
How many people’s minds have been changed by an argument? Rather, a gentle and timely word is much more effective. Are you tempted to be argumentative? How can you speak a kind and fitting word that suits the occasion?
““Yesterday I introduced you to Dan Stoddard, an Ottawa bus driver who coaxed a distressed woman onto his bus at I o’clock in the morning. It turned out she had been assaulted and Stoddard called transit authority, took her to a safe location and waited for the police to arrive. One of the two other passengers on the bus at the time, Brendan Fowlie, took a picture of Stoddard compassionately talking with the woman, which he did for the 30 minutes it took for the police to arrive. Fowlie posted the picture on Facebook and it went viral – it was a loving act of kindness by the bus driver. Stoddard, however, said, “I did nothing out of the ordinary, I did what I knew was right. What am I teaching my kids, if I do nothing?”
If the world and the Christian faith agree on one thing, it’s the need for kindness. In fact, it doesn’t take long on Facebook or any other social network to discover all sorts of videos and stories that people have posted about acts of kindness. In a world where we read so much about anger and violence, it does a heart good to see people treat each other kindly. As Paul writes to his young brother in Christ Timothy, giving him practical advice about living out his Christian faith daily, he says this in 2 Timothy 2:23-24: “Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels. And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful.” Christians are called to stand up for the truth, and the Bible says that we are to be prepared to give an answer for the hope that lies within us. But when that becomes argumentative and quarrelsome, it does not represent Christ well. Christians are called to be kind people, and to treat others as we would have them treat us. Kindness is a practical virtue. It puts the love of Jesus into practice. Each of us who love the Lord should be looking for ways to put kindness into action daily. How can you do that today? Who can you serve with the love of Jesus today? The world will notice when you do.
These have been words from the heart.