Verse of the Day
(May be more than one verse)
April 19-20, 2021
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Preach the Gospel With Kindness

Paul wrote this in a letter of advice to Timothy, who was a minister of the gospel:

2 Timothy 2:24: "And the servant of the Lord
[Jesus Christ, referring mainly to ministers (preachers) but also to all born-again Christians] must not strive [argue, quarrel, fight] [with others]; but [instead] [must] be gentle unto all men [people], [and] apt [qualified] to teach, [and] patient,"

2 Timothy 2:25: "In meekness
[mildness, humility] instructing [teaching] those that oppose themselves [to the truth of the gospel; i.e., unbelievers, or those who resist and deny biblical truth or who embrace (accept, believe) error or false teaching]; if God peradventure [perhaps] will give them [i.e., 'those that oppose themselves'] repentance [a change of mind] to the acknowledging [acceptance, belief] of the truth [of the gospel];"

2 Timothy 2:26: "And
[hoping] that they [the unbelievers and followers of false teachers] may recover themselves out of [or 'may come to their senses and escape or be rescued from'] the snare [trap, net] of the devil, [as these people are sinners] who are taken captive [captured] by him [Satan, the devil] at his will [see note below*]."
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Sinners are more likely to repent and be saved when the Bible is taught, and the gospel is delivered, in the proper way (i.e., with kindness and humility). This is because people's reactions vary depending on how things are said.

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Here, from "The Biblical Illustrator," are some reasons why we should use kind words when speaking to others:

"Kind words never blister the tongue or lips, and we never hear of any mental trouble arising from this quarter. Though they
[the kind words] do not cost much, yet they accomplish much. They help one's own good nature and good will. Soft words soften our own soul; angry words are fuel to the flame of wrath, and make it burn more fiercely. Kind words make other people good-natured. Cold words freeze people, and hot words scorch them; and bitter words make them bitter, and wrathful [angry] words make them wrathful. There are such a number of other kinds of words, that we ought occasionally to make use of kind words. There are vain [useless] words, and idle words, and silly words, and hasty words, and empty words, and profane [irreverent, disrespectful] words, and boisterous [rowdy, unruly] words, and war-like words. But kind words soothe and comfort the hearer; they shame him out of his sour [disagreeable], morose [gloomy], unkind feelings. We have not yet begun to use kind words in such abundance as they ought to be used …"

(Source:
https://www.studylight.org/commentary/2-timothy/2-24.html, "The Biblical Illustrator: Kind words")

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*Bible commentators disagree on the meaning of the phrase at his will in verse 26. Here are excerpts from two of those commentaries:

Version 1:

"… At his will; ezwgrhmenoi, which we translate at his will, may as well be translated to his will; and so the will of God may be meant, and the whole referred to the first sentence thus, may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil to the will of God; and that is the sense some make of it: but it seems more proper to refer it to the participle, taken captive, for that is next it; and so it signifieth the miserable state of sinners, who are captives at the devil's command and will, that if he saith to them, Go, they go; if he saith, Come, they come; if he saith, Do this, they do it."

(Source:
https://www.studylight.org/commentary/2-timothy/2-26.html, "Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible")

Version 2:

"… Who are taken captive by him at his will.--These words have been variously interpreted by commentators. The meaning that, on the whole, seems most satisfactory, represents the captive to sin waking up from his deathly slumber and escaping the toils of the evil one, for the purpose of carrying out for the future the will of God. The rendering of the whole verse would be as follows: 'And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil--being held captive by him--to do His (God's) will.'

"It must be remembered that the first pronoun in this sentence, 'being held captive by him,' referred here to the devil, and the second pronoun in the sentence, 'to do His will,' referred here to God, are represented in the Greek by two distinct words …"

(Source:
https://www.studylight.org/commentary/2-timothy/2-26.html, "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers")





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Note: In case you're wondering, before adding my comments in brackets
to the above verse(s), I usually refer to commentaries by Adam Clarke,
Albert Barnes, John Gill, and Matthew Henry (which can be found online)
and try to summarize what they say. For verses from Proverbs, I also refer
to the Bible study notes written by Jim Delany, pastor of Salem
Bible Church. Word definitions are taken from online
dictionaries (including Bible dictionaries).


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Note: The book of Proverbs has 31 chapters and is full of wisdom.
It's been suggested in the past that Christians should get in the habit
of reading one chapter from Proverbs each day, corresponding to
the date of the month. I think it's a great idea and have decided
to follow that advice. The chapter for today is posted below:


Proverbs Chapter 19

1 Better is the poor that walketh in his integrity, than he that is perverse in his lips, and is a fool.
2 Also, that the soul be without knowledge, it is not good; and he that hasteth with his feet sinneth.
3 The foolishness of man perverteth his way: and his heart fretteth against the LORD.
4 Wealth maketh many friends; but the poor is separated from his neighbour.
5 A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall not escape.
6 Many will entreat the favour of the prince: and every man is a friend to him that giveth gifts.
7 All the brethren of the poor do hate him: how much more do his friends go far from him? he pursueth them with words, yet they are wanting to him.
8 He that getteth wisdom loveth his own soul: he that keepeth understanding shall find good.
9 A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall perish.
10 Delight is not seemly for a fool; much less for a servant to have rule over princes.
11 The discretion of a man deferreth his anger; and it is his glory to pass over a transgression.
12 The king's wrath is as the roaring of a lion; but his favour is as dew upon the grass.
13 A foolish son is the calamity of his father: and the contentions of a wife are a continual dropping.
14 House and riches are the inheritance of fathers: and a prudent wife is from the LORD.
15 Slothfulness casteth into a deep sleep; and an idle soul shall suffer hunger.
16 He that keepeth the commandment keepeth his own soul; but he that despiseth his ways shall die.
17 He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD; and that which he hath given will he pay him again.
18 Chasten thy son while there is hope, and let not thy soul spare for his crying.
19 A man of great wrath shall suffer punishment: for if thou deliver him, yet thou must do it again.
20 Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise in thy latter end.
21 There are many devices in a man's heart; nevertheless the counsel of the LORD, that shall stand.
22 The desire of a man is his kindness: and a poor man is better than a liar.
23 The fear of the LORD tendeth to life: and he that hath it shall abide satisfied; he shall not be visited with evil.
24 A slothful man hideth his hand in his bosom, and will not so much as bring it to his mouth again.
25 Smite a scorner, and the simple will beware: and reprove one that hath understanding, and he will understand knowledge.
26 He that wasteth his father, and chaseth away his mother, is a son that causeth shame, and bringeth reproach.
27 Cease, my son, to hear the instruction that causeth to err from the words of knowledge.
28 An ungodly witness scorneth judgment: and the mouth of the wicked devoureth iniquity.
29 Judgments are prepared for scorners, and stripes for the back of fools.


Note: In case you're wondering, before adding my comments in brackets to the above verse(s),
I usually refer to commentaries by Adam Clarke, Albert Barnes, John Gill, and Matthew Henry
(which can be found online) and try to summarize what they say. For verses from Proverbs,
I also refer to the Bible study notes written by Jim Delany, pastor of Salem Bible Church.
Word definitions are taken from online dictionaries (including Bible dictionaries).


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Note: The book of Proverbs has 31 chapters and is full of wisdom.
It's been suggested in the past that Christians should get in the habit
of reading one chapter from Proverbs each day, corresponding to
the date of the month. I think it's a great idea and have decided
to follow that advice. The chapter for today is posted below:


Proverbs Chapter 19

1 Better is the poor that walketh in his integrity, than he that is perverse in his lips, and is a fool.
2 Also, that the soul be without knowledge, it is not good; and he that hasteth with his feet sinneth.
3 The foolishness of man perverteth his way: and his heart fretteth against the LORD.
4 Wealth maketh many friends; but the poor is separated from his neighbour.
5 A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall not escape.
6 Many will entreat the favour of the prince: and every man is a friend to him that giveth gifts.
7 All the brethren of the poor do hate him: how much more do his friends go far from him? he pursueth them with words, yet they are wanting to him.
8 He that getteth wisdom loveth his own soul: he that keepeth understanding shall find good.
9 A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall perish.
10 Delight is not seemly for a fool; much less for a servant to have rule over princes.
11 The discretion of a man deferreth his anger; and it is his glory to pass over a transgression.
12 The king's wrath is as the roaring of a lion; but his favour is as dew upon the grass.
13 A foolish son is the calamity of his father: and the contentions of a wife are a continual dropping.
14 House and riches are the inheritance of fathers: and a prudent wife is from the LORD.
15 Slothfulness casteth into a deep sleep; and an idle soul shall suffer hunger.
16 He that keepeth the commandment keepeth his own soul; but he that despiseth his ways shall die.
17 He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD; and that which he hath given will he pay him again.
18 Chasten thy son while there is hope, and let not thy soul spare for his crying.
19 A man of great wrath shall suffer punishment: for if thou deliver him, yet thou must do it again.
20 Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise in thy latter end.
21 There are many devices in a man's heart; nevertheless the counsel of the LORD, that shall stand.
22 The desire of a man is his kindness: and a poor man is better than a liar.
23 The fear of the LORD tendeth to life: and he that hath it shall abide satisfied; he shall not be visited with evil.
24 A slothful man hideth his hand in his bosom, and will not so much as bring it to his mouth again.
25 Smite a scorner, and the simple will beware: and reprove one that hath understanding, and he will understand knowledge.
26 He that wasteth his father, and chaseth away his mother, is a son that causeth shame, and bringeth reproach.
27 Cease, my son, to hear the instruction that causeth to err from the words of knowledge.
28 An ungodly witness scorneth judgment: and the mouth of the wicked devoureth iniquity.
29 Judgments are prepared for scorners, and stripes for the back of fools.