Monday 24 February, 2014

With the clever imagery of a large household Paul describes the many articles in use – ‘articles of gold and silver for noble purposes’ and ‘wood and clay for ignoble purposes’.

To be an ‘instrument for noble purposes’ we must ‘abstain from wickedness’ {v19} and pursue or strive for the fruit of the Spirit – righteousness, faith, love and peace – and join with other servants who without reservation call on the Lord for help.

Because of the situation Timothy faced in Ephesus Paul warns him not to get involved in arguments; in fact he makes it clear that God’s servant must be kind to everyone, able to teach and not be resentful.

So, with us! Over more than 30 years in ministry in Australia and overseas Joan and I have made the choice to be kind to everyone without exception.

I pray that the Spirit will continue to grow the fruit within my life and that He will help me to be kind to everyone and so avoid ‘arguments’. Help me too to recognise that divisions are a major weapon the devil uses to disrupt the work of the Kingdom within the local church.

Written by Keith Bennett

2 replies
  1. David Newton says:

    I love hearing what you have to say Keith. 30 years in ministry has resulted in exceptional grace and wisdom and yet you still pray for God to ‘grow the fruit’ in your life!

  2. logos215 says:

    The passage reminds me of Psalm 133.

    How good and pleasant it is
    when God’s people live together in unity!
    It is like precious oil poured on the head,
    running down on the beard,
    running down on Aaron’s beard,
    down on the collar of his robe.
    It is as if the dew of Hermon
    were falling on Mount Zion.

    For there the Lord bestows his blessing,

    even life forevermore.

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