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Don't have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels. 24And the Lord's servant must not quarrel; instead, he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. 25Those who oppose him he must gently instruct, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, 26and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.
I pray to keep this verse in mind today and remember it each time I get tempted to prove I'm right to someone...
10You, however, know all about my teaching, my way of life, my purpose, faith, patience, love, endurance, 11persecutions, sufferings....I have to admit there are times I get impatient with my parents and have noticed it more and more in the younger generations....I pray we all realise that God doesn't approve of that and calls us to be gentle in dealing with people no matter how bad it is....patience,love endurance...these were a way of life for Paul and it should be for us too...in today's world these things are truly hard to see.I pray for these things to be a way of life for me too.....
God bless you all

Re 2 Timothy 3:1-5 and Mike's question - how do these verses resonate.

It is easy to apply them to society in our time. There are many trends in the world which seem to match this description. But I wonder if people have not always been like that. Are things actually worse now than in times and places in the past?

Re Mike's exhortation and warning arising from 2 Tim 2:22: "And please do continue to have relationships with others who may not be believers in your life too. Be cautious in that sometimes those old relationships can bring us down / pull us back to old habits if we are not careful."

I believe we must maintain active relationships with people who do not believe. Otherwise, how can we ever demonstrate the Gospel to the world if we close ourselves into a community of believers?

However, there is the instruction from Paul at the end 2 Tim 3:5 "Have nothing to do with such people."

So it appears we have to make some choices - cultivating relationships with some and having nothing to do with others.

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