I find it interesting whenever someone’s name is mentioned in the Bible from another writer. For instance when Paul introduces those in the hall of faith. Or when he refers back to Old Testament prophets.
Today I see two names that are not so popular.
2Timothy 2:17, “Hymenaeus and Philetus”
The thing is, these 2 were not noted for their amazing faith, their morals, their love for Jesus, etc. They are noted as divisive and their message as strong as cancer.
Can you imagine being recorded in God’s word for being like a cancer in the church?!?
This stuck out more to me than all the other verses in this chapter. Our words have the potential to free people from the snare of the devil or they can ruin a person’s soul like cancer does to the body. Such a HUGE responsibility!
Paul was encouraging Timothy to remind the church that there was no reason to fight over words or concepts. Because those that were listening to the fighting were being ruined. Their zeal and excitement were dwindling all because of a few babbles and antagonizers. These two people are noted to be among those types of people.
My prayer is that I can filter my mouth more on when is the right time to speak up or the right time to just keep quiet and ask God to intervene.
There are so many issues today concerning different opinions. I think we should stand for truth and voice it, but like Paul says, let’s do it in grace and love. Always pointing to Christ so that like verse 25 and 26 say “in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentence, so that they may know the truth, and that they may come to their senses and ESCAPE the snare of the devil, having been TAKEN CAPTIVE BY HIM to do HIS will.”
Words are huge!! Stand firm for truth and what is right. Pursue righteousness, peace, faith, and love. Avoid foolish disputes that will only bring poison to those listening. Such a great reminder for myself today! God is so good!!