2 Timothy 3: Loving Others
In apologetics, we talk a lot about 2 Timothy 3:16, and I know there’s good reason for that, but I want to focus on the next verse for today.
2Ti 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
2Ti 3:17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.
The Scripture is inspired by God. It is profitable for a variety of things, but all of those things serve a purpose. God gives us doctrine to do good works. We receive reproof from God to do good works. We are corrected by God to perform good works, and we are instructed by God so that we will do good works.
I always think about the fact that the greatest commandment is to love God first. However, the second commandment is to love those around us. We do have a relationship with God through Scripture as I tried to emphasize above. That is part of the first commandment. We can love God when we know who we are actually loving.
However, as a result of that relationship, we should begin seeing results. Again, I do not believe in works-based salvation, but I do believe that good works are the result of salvation. We learn all of these things from Scripture to develop a relationship with God, and then we’re supposed to bring that to those around us.
Book knowledge is excellent, but we also need to remember that a major part of the Christian life is serving those around us. As we learn more about God, I am convinced that we will want to share the love of God even more with those around us. As we do these good works, they are going to see God glorified.
We need to remember this character of love. If we do not communicate that to the world around us, I don’t know how we will gain their attention.