Childlike—Not Childish

14 Remind them of these things, and solemnly charge them in the presence of God not to wrangle about words, which is useless and leads to the ruin of the hearers (2 Timothy 2).

In view of the perspective outlined in verses 11-12 (that true believers have died with Christ, and will indeed endure to the end, to live and reign with Him forever), how is it fitting for us to “wrangle about words” and argue over things that in the end don’t even matter? Such contention is not just “useless”—more than this, it is “catastrophic” (from the word“katastrophē”—“leads to ruin”)! 

Months ago we were blessed to have most of our grandchildren for a few days in our home. For the most part they all got along and played well together—yet at times they argued over the silliest things that did not matter at all, and thus for the moment spoiling our rare and precious time together. Such nonsense is to be expected now and again with children, yet it is never appropriate. How much more with adults!

Lord, help us as children of God This Day to act childlike—not childish. Amen.