And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome
but must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful.
Today’s verse brings in two new ideas we haven’t discussed before, yet are so true in the lives of my children: the ability to teach and the idea of not being resentful. Having a larger family, my children are called upon to teach one another in many ways, not just academically. I believe in varying ways we all teach, regardless of the family size. But I can see many times when one of my older children gets so upset because “How can you not know that!”
Am I guilty of that? Only too often. I fume and fuss because they didn’t know, which is because I failed to teach. We instruct intentionally, and unintentionally, continually. We teach with our lives, our actions and our words. We need to show love, kindness and patience when we teach our children or anyone God places in our lives.
He also tells us to not be resentful. How often do we outwardly perform these tasks He has commanded, yet inwardly sulk and scowl, complaining at the lack of worthiness of those to whom we are showing “love”. Not only are we called to behave in a certain manner, we are to reign in our emotions, control our feelings.
How contrary this idea is to that which the world would have us believe.