2 Timothy 2:24
"A servant of the Lord must not quarrel but must be kind to everyone, be able to teach, and be patient with difficult people."
This is my new memory verse! 2 Timothy is a letter written by Paul to Timothy. Paul is instructing and mentoring Timothy about godly leadership. Not all of us are pastors, but we may find ourselves in leadership at our local churches or maybe our workplaces or neighborhoods. As a ministry assistant for small groups and outreach at our church, I hear the stories of the people who have felt God calling them to reach out to their neighborhood by starting a small group of their neighbors. That is leadership whether or not we want to recognize it. Either way, if we all examined our lives, we would see that God placed us somewhere where we are to shine as godly examples to others.
The first thing mentioned in this verse is to not quarrel. This is mentioned a few times in 2 Timothy 2 and Paul is warning against the idea of arguing over words. He later says not to get involved in ignorant arguments that only start fights - kind of like making a mountain of a molehill. Is it really worth causing possible division among each other over little things? Sometimes you have to consider things and weigh out if it is a battle worth fighting. Paul instead gives Timothy instruction of what is expected from a servant of God.
A servant of God must be kind to everyone - not most people, but everyone. Another thing is that the servant of God must be able to teach. Not everyone is a great teacher; however, we should all know what we believe and why we believe it. We are not all going to be the next Billy Graham, but we can all teach others what we have learned. God can and will use anyone to teach both the life-long Christian and the new Christian. I noticed that the last part of this verse is different in the NLV from the NIV, so I looked it up and saw that it is the word anexikakos and it means to be patient when someone has wronged you. That is certainly difficult to do, especially the deeper the wound is. But this is also what God wants because it is in the times when we show patience that we shine as lights to the world.