Gangrene

While reading yesterday, some  instructions lit up for me; so I thought I’d share here. 

14 Remind the people of these facts, and solemnly charge them in the presence of God to avoid petty controversy over words, which does no good, and [upsets and undermines and] ruins [the faith of] those who listen. 15 Study and do your best to present yourself to God approved, a workman [tested by trial] who has no reason to be ashamed, accurately handling and skillfully teaching the word of truth. 16 But avoid all irreverent babble and godless chatter [with its profane, empty words], for it will lead to further ungodliness, 17 and their teaching will spread like gangrene.  source  2 Timothy AMP

Right off the bat it sounds serious to me because these are  instructions penned by Paul and given to Timothy (and us) from GOD! That in itself is enough to sit up and take notice.  So, let’s do. 

Remind. No doubt we the people need reminding of the FACTS! Feelings and Lies are the biggest trouble makers! Believing and responding based on feelings and lies wreck lives! 

And then the meddling begins! GOD has the nerve to tell us to avoid petty controversies! Perhaps we don’t because we have believed and feel like the controversy is not petty.  Perhaps our particular present controversy is valid, but we won’t know for sure if we are not living verse 15! 

15 Study and do your best to present yourself to God approved, a workman [tested by trial] who has no reason to be ashamed, accurately handling and skillfully teaching the word of truth.

Well then!

And while we are studying and checking our feelings and what we hear with the plumb line (that is the Bible) we are further instructed to refuse to be a part of irreverent babble and godless chatter! Have you heard any of that lately? It takes great effort on our part to NOT hear it and even more to not be a part of it!

Gangrene! What a descriptive word to be used here. An article from WebMD says you must get treatment immediately otherwise it’s fatal. Check it out HERE. 
Spiritual Gangrene left unchecked is also deadly! 
The GREAT PHYSICIAN has the cure! Read about Him and His prescriptions in His Word! 

15 Study and do your best to present yourself to God approved, a workman [tested by trial] who has no reason to be ashamed, accurately handling and skillfully teaching the word of truth. 

Who plans to have gangrene? The thing is we have to plan and do due diligence to NOT have spiritual gangrene. Wouldn’t you agree? 

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