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Things You are To Teach and Insist On
“These are the things you are to teach and insist on. If anyone teaches otherwise and does not agree to the sound instruction of our Lord Jesus Christ and to godly teaching, they are conceited and understand nothing. They have an unhealthy interest in controversies and quarrels about words that result in envy, strife, malicious talk, evil suspicions and constant friction between people of corrupt mind, who have been robbed of the truth and who think that godliness is a means to financial gain. But godliness with contentment is great gain” (1 Timothy 6:2-6). It is so important that we, as Christians, are able to discern the difference between what is the sound instruction of our Lord Jesus Christ and what is not. How are we to be able to do this? We get some good hints in this passage from First Timothy. If the one who is teaching is teaching the sound instruction of Jesus Christ, his or her message will be full of the power, glory, and challenge of the scriptures. Such a one will teach the love and compassion of Christ that is seen in our care for the hungry, the thirsty, the ill, the imprisoned, the lonely and those considered outcasts of society. Such a one will teach the mercy of the Father revealed in Jesus Christ and about the centrality of forgiveness in the Christian life. Such a one will teach that the Christ life is one of selflessness and self-sacrifice and commitment to the good of others and society itself. Such a one will teach the virtues of prudence, temperance, fortitude, justice and the three great graces of faith, hope, and love. Paul is being very clear here. If you hear one professing to be preach the good news of our Lord Jesus Christ,…