2 Timothy 2:24–26 “And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.
I read about how a professor in a small New England college, beloved by students and alumni, adopted this wise plan early in his teaching.
Whenever he discovers a student who is discouraged about his work, he makes a point of giving that boy a better mark than he really deserves and of seeing that the others in the class know about the good mark.
“Almost invariably,” says the professor, “the boy perks up and earns that kind of mark the next time around. It’s a sly little secret…but it works magic!”
Paul the Apostle, when teaching his student Timothy about ministry, and serving God, taught him a few things about encouragement and persuasion.
Some of the key factors he gave (under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit) are that he must not be confrontational, but gentle, patient, and meek. These qualities are vital when persuading others for the Lord.
As biblical men, one of our primary responsibilities is to persuade other’s to trust Christ as their Savior. The eternal soul of the people we influence demands that we do that with wisdom, discernment, and the appropriate care that such a high calling demands.
Matthew 10:16 “Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.”
Today’s Biblical Manhood Principle: Godly persuasion requires gentleness, patience, and meekness.
Today’s Inspirational Song: Hallelujah, What a Savior!