Scripture Sunday – 2 Timothy 3:16

15 Jan

It’s time for another Scripture Sunday. This week’s verse was 2 Timothy 3:16.

“All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.”

I’ll be honest. This verse seemed pretty vanilla when I started the week. God wrote the scripture through man, and it’s useful for life. Duh. But when I started to memorize it, one thing stood out to me in a way I had never considered before. It was the word rebuke.

Rebuke is defined as “expressing sharp disapproval or criticism of someone (often in an angry manner) because of their behavior or actions.” These days, I think the body of Christ as a whole focuses more on this word than any of the other uses listed in this verse. Yes, there is so much in the world worth rebuking, but have we done our part in teaching, training, and correcting? How can we judge a world we haven’t made an effort to show Christ to in the first place?

And so, I have been convicted. Convicted to teach and train before I rebuke, and when I do rebuke, do it in righteousness and love. Because while my rebuking may fall on deaf ears, as 1 Corinthians 13 says, love never fails.

 

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