Monday, August 4, 2014

2 Timothy 2:22-23 -- Leaning on the Peace and Love of Jesus Christ

"So shun youthful passions and aim at righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call upon the Lord from a pure heart. Have nothing to do with stupid, senseless controversies; you know that they breed quarrels."

(2 Timothy 2:22-23) RSV2CE

I have the tendency to search for the intellectually "right" answer about faith in Jesus. The answer, however, lies not in the passion for knowledge but in the love Jesus has for us and our reciprocating that love to Him and our neighbor. Paul reminds us to focus on those attributes that are of Christ, namely faith, love, peace, and purity of heart. Participating in controversy with other Christians is tempting and an appealing intellectual exercise, but at its core, argument is, as Paul states, "stupid and senseless." Instead, I must focus on the peace of our Lord and the unconditional love He offers. The Gospel of Jesus is the answer to all temptations and quarrels. His Gospel feeds not only our intellect but most importantly our hearts.  I am to live for and in Him by His grace.