“A servant of the Lord must not quarrel but must be kind to everyone, be able to teach, and be patient with difficult people.”
2 Timothy 2:24
I am really not a people person, I struggle with small talk and have little patience for “difficult” people. This is why I married my sweet Trent, so he could talk to all the people while I fade into the background. This verse tells me though that in order to be servant of the Lord, I must do three things.
First, not quarrel but be kind to everyone. Anyone else struggle with being kind to those who have really stinky attitudes? Kindness goes a long way in this world, and like the saying goes, we should throw it around like confetti. Simply put, love people.
Secondly, we have to be able to teach. Some of you are probably thinking that this is a difficult one, because what if you just aren’t a good teacher? This is when you can lead by example, guiding people to Christ by living a godly lifestyle. Being sure that your life is always pointing to the Master, and that people see Him in you.
Lastly, we must be patient with difficult people. Even Jesus had encounters with people who were just flat out difficult. Some people enjoy conflict and debate, while others completely steer clear of it. Chances are at some point you will come into contact with a person who is just mean and nasty, but it’s our responsibility to be patient, teach them and point them to God.
Lord, help me to accomplish these three tasks today. I want to be known for my kindness, my ability to teach and to lead and also for being patient in trying situations. Soften my heart, and help me to see through Your eyes today.