This passage from 2 Timothy 2 – particularly the way it is rendered in the New Living Translation – has become favorite of mine. Just think how different our world might be if we all attempted to live out the first sentence of 2 Timothy 2:25 each day!
For me, the key word is “gently” – after all, we “instruct” one another by our attitudes and actions, whether we realize it or not. The way I see it, our job is model integrity, compassion, and honesty toward others, and then trust that God will take care of the rest. We may make mistakes every now and then, but we should at least make a regular effort to be wise, welcoming, and winsome toward others, no?💡