The Lord’s servant must not quarrel, but be gentle towards all, able to teach, patient…
—2 Timothy 2:24
What does it mean to quarrel?
To have an angry argument seems like the best definition.
So, a servant of the Lord must not have angry arguments.
I truly desire to be a servant of the Lord, but I have definitely been a part of some angry arguments…
I should also be gentle to all.
At my workplace, there is an overarching motto that is put out to the employees:
“All means all.”
If there is a directive for a group of people at work, it is for all of them. No one should be left out.
If I am to be gentle to all, well, all means all.
I can’t pick one person to be mean or harsh with and pick another to be gentle to.
As a servant, I should be able to teach.
I should be able to teach others through my words and actions about God’s love and faithfulness.
I should also be patient…
Not quickly frustrated with others, it would seem.
Are these easy character traits and attitudes to have?
Sometimes, the answer would be, “no.”
Still, if I have the desire to do what God wants, He will strengthen me.