(2 Timothy 2:23-26 NLT) Again I say, don’t get involved in foolish, ignorant arguments that only start fights. A servant of the Lord must not quarrel but must be kind to everyone, be able to teach, and be patient with difficult people. Gently instruct those who oppose the truth. Perhaps God will change those people’s hearts, and they will learn the truth. Then they will come to their senses and escape from the devil’s trap. For they have been held captive by him to do whatever he wants.
(Romans 3:23 NLT) For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.
√ REALIZE you can’t make everyone happy!
(Galatians 1:10 MSG) Do you think I speak this strongly in order to manipulate crowds? Or curry favor with God? Or get popular applause? If my goal was popularity, I wouldn’t bother being Christ’s slave.
√ REFUSE to play!
(Proverbs 18:2 NLT) Fools have no interest in understanding; they only want to air their own opinions.
(Proverbs 17:28 NLT) Even fools are thought wise when they keep silent; with their mouths shut, they seem intelligent.
√ Never RETALIATE!
(1 Peter 3:9 NLT) Don’t repay evil for evil. Don’t retaliate with insults when people insult you. Instead, pay them back with a blessing. That is what God has called you to do, and he will bless you for it.
(1 Thessalonians 5:15 NLT) See that no one pays back evil for evil, but always try to do good to each other and to all people.
√ RELEASE them.
(Matthew 5:44 NLT) But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you!
(Ezekiel 18:22-23 NLT) All their past sins will be forgotten, and they will live because of the righteous things they have done. “Do you think that I like to see wicked people die? says the Sovereign LORD. Of course not! I want them to turn from their wicked ways and live.
√ REDEMPTIVE perspective.
(Ezekiel 18:31-32 NLT) Put all your rebellion behind you, and find yourselves a new heart and a new spirit. For why should you die, O people of Israel? I don’t want you to die, says the Sovereign LORD. Turn back and live!
(John 3:17 NKJV) “For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
(1 Timothy 2:3-4 NLT) This is good and pleases God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth.