Patience With The Unredeemed

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And the Lord's servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth, and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will.—2 Timothy 2:24-26

When I read this text, I feel like Paul is trying to help Timothy understand the process of spiritual persuasion. He describes it much like you might describe a manufacturing process. There is a definitive list of inputs and a hopeful list of outputs. The inputs are:

  1. Be kind to all people.
  2. Be ready to teach people.
  3. Be patient when enduring sinful people.
  4. Be gentle when you correct people.

Of course, these inputs would hope for certain outputs. And the outputs are:

  1. Granted repentance.
  2. Knowledge of the truth.
  3. Coming to an understanding.
  4. Escaping the snare and will of the devil.

What's interesting is that the outputs are not guaranteed. Unlike working with material goods on a manufacturing line, this process does not always guarantee results. And as we know, if you have a stubborn child, a belligerent boss, or a sinful spouse, you know that the inputs do not always guarantee a changed person. But there is one thing that is guaranteed in the process. If you put in the right inputs, you will always be the right person, and God's will will be done in you. And hopefully, over time, those around you will believe and come to repentance.

So your call to action today is to strive to be the right person despite the opposition in your life. Be kind, ready, patient, and gentle in a world full of sin and evil. Let others see God in you. And let's hope that as they see God in us that they will desire God in them.

ASK THIS: Who is one person you need to be more kind, ready, patient, and gentle with today? (Share it in the comments below)

DO THIS: Act kind, ready, patient, and gentle in their presence.

PRAY THIS: God, may I be the right person and thus sway people I encounter to righteousness. Let your will be done in me, so it will be done in others.

PLAY THIS: Go Deep. My Righteousness.

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21 thoughts on “Patience With The Unredeemed

    • Jeremy Juergens says:

      I need to be more patient with one of my family members, staying hopeful God will work in their life.

  1. John Krumm says:

    I can’t think of anyone I will cross paths with today, but the people I work with when Monday comes around.

  2. Dennis James says:

    This is a tough concept. I am continually working on the being kind and being gentle. Very tough in our world today.

  3. Chris says:

    My writing partner. I spoke with a gentle tone earlier this week and called him out on some of his antics. I still feel confusion whether to continue with him or not but I have left this fight to God to handle for me. I can’t wait to see what happens!

  4. Cory B says:

    Patient endurance with dad and in the attempt to reconcile with Andrea.
    Dad and I have different opinions on life. Sometimes I go out of my way, to go out of way and not deal with him. (He currently lives with me) I need more patience.
    Every time life is good, especially with Andrea, I let up on faith and my good new habits and slide into the old way that doesn’t work. That’s evil trying pry it’s way back into my life and if I don’t maintain patient endurance, I will suffer the consequences.

  5. Stephen Merkle says:

    Lord grant me the patience to show kindness, patience and gentleness to my son Logan. His struggle with addiction and his fear of rejection from his peers frustrates me daily. Give me the words to kindly guide him through his struggles so he can grow into the man I know you can make him!

    • Rich Thomas says:

      Lord I pray for Stephen and Logan. Enter into that relationship in a powerful way. Do what only you can do God, change hearts. We ask in the powerful name of Jesus.

  6. Ryan says:

    My son Cohen. We are the same person in so many ways, so it’s hard to connect with him. He’s sensitive like me, so the softer I am, the safer he feels with me.

  7. Dave says:

    Great reminder to be the right person in a wrong world! The the light of Jesus shine on the darkness around us! Thanks Vince!

  8. Eddie Ackerman says:

    my kids, I am not ALWAYS patient or gentle in my response to their disobedience and disrespect. I need to remind myself that they are God’s children too, and I may need to take a breath before speaking to them because I am 2-3 decades older than them, so of course they don’t understand my viewpoint initially, and possibly even after explaining it to them in a way they can understand.

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