“Do’s & Don’ts:
The last words of the Apostle Paul are recorded in the Book of 2 Timothy. Paul, probably sensing he wouldn’t be living much longer, felt it was important that the gospel continue to be taught. Timothy was a young man, believed to have been converted under Paul’s ministry and one the Apostle had great faith in. The Book is a letter of instruction and encouragement to Timothy. It’s a short Book containing valuable information on how to live the Christian life. This powerful Book of instruction is for all of us.
Paul told Timothy to, “Keep reminding them (Christians) of these things. Warn them before God against quarreling about words; it is of no value and only ruins those who listen. Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth” (2:14,15). The next verse is very interesting. “Avoid godless chatter because those who indulge in it will become more and more ungodly” (v 16). At this writing, the church was being infiltrated by false teachers. Paul was admonishing Timothy to teach the truth and avoid arguing.
The instructions given to Timothy are passed on to each of us. There are many voices in the world today vying for our attention. Paul’s instructions include, “Flee the desires of your youth, and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart” (2:22). What would our lives be like if we determined to live each day running from evil and toward righteousness? Our homes would be spiritually stronger, our personal life would be filled with purpose and meaning, plus we’d be a Godly example to those around us. Paul had faith and confidence in Timothy that he’d do the right thing. I believe Jesus has faith and confidence in us. Every day we make choices of things to do or don’t do? Let’s always practice making our very next choice the right choice. With God’s help and guidance some great habits will be developed.