Our biggest question is often, is this right for me, and not is this right? In the exchange of ideas and truth, be aware that we aren’t lobbing grenades. There ought to be a balance of patience, care, and encouragement mixed in with correction and rebuke of each other…
1 There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens
2 Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. 3 For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 4 They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. 5 But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.
15 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.
There are seasons of life. We all move through them, and there is a time and a season for all things. Paul’s advice to Timothy is to be ready at all times to declare the word of God. Timothy is to be ready to do this in season and out of season.
It turns out that while some things go in and out of season, the declaration of God’s truth should always be in season, even when it is out of season with the world. That seems to be today. There have been generational swings in the interest and tolerance of people for spiritual ideas and thought. Today, less people are interested in organized religion and more are interested in self-directed spirituality.
Our own desires often take a front seat to objective and independent truth. Our biggest question is often, is this right for me, and not is this right?
The follower of God is left on this earth to share God’s truth and love and grace with the world around us. This is how we are to invest and make the most of our time here on earth. And increasingly, the world around us is rejecting our words. They often surround themselves with teachers and voices who say what they want to hear. People turn from truth to myths and the myths cater to their desires and ideologies.
Keep your head, Paul writes. Truth will go out of season, yet in these times, someone has to still offer truth into the mix. How do we do that? Peter would say in 1Peter 3:15 that we do it with gentleness and respect. Paul writes here that it must happen with a balance of patience, care, and encouragement mixed in with correction and rebuke.
The art of telling truth flourishes with loving care toward those we interact with. We aren’t lobbing grenades.
We are bridging people from where they are to the place where the Lord is. Prayerfully consider how you do that with respect and honour toward God, and the same love God has for all people as we share his truth with others…
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