2 Timothy 2:22-26
22 Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
23 But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes.
24 And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient,
25 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;
26 And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.
The Peace of God
By Connie Rowe
There is an old song with the lyrics of “Peace, peace, wonderful peace, coming down from the Father above, sweep over my spirit, forever I pray, in fathomless billows of love.” This sums up wholly how the Peace of God feels. When you have the peace of God, things of this world do not matter anymore. When you are right with God, you have peace knowing that no matter what happens, you know Him; and you know that, in the end, all will be good, because in the end, it’s HEAVEN.
Paul wrote the book of 2nd Timothy while he was in prison. Just like Paul, we cannot let our circumstances control us negatively. Was prison uncomfortable? Yes. Did it seem like all was lost? Maybe it did, but he would not allow that thinking to get ahold of him. Paul used the time he had to continue the work of God. God used Paul while he was in prison to write many of the New Testament books we get to read today. It does not matter what circumstance we are in; we can be used of God. God has given us every tool we need.
In our verses today, Paul advises us to follow righteousness, faith, charity, and peace and to avoid foolish questions, because it creates strife (fighting). We must not strive (fight), but be gentle, and teach others, with patience. We can continue to teach and be examples to others, emanate the peace of God, and others will be drawn to that peace and be saved.