Why instruct those who oppose you?

We read yesterday that we are told to correct our opponents. But why?

It’s so much easier and comfortable to just mind our own business.

What if we don’t feel like we have the words to share?

What if we KNOW that person is not going to change? They don’t care what we have to say.

Or, worse, we feel like they will become combative or we could lose something by sharing with them (e.g, our job).

Why take that chance?


“God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth, and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will.” 2 Timothy 25B-26

Do you believe that hell is real? An actual, literal place where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth? I sure do!

The think is, if we believe this, how can we stand by and let people walk right over the edge into it?

The Scripture tells us that God doesn’t want anyone to perish and here is repeats that idea. That God could very well use you and your rebuke to grant repentance that leads to a knowledge of the truth. Let that sink in for a minute.

YOU could snatch that person from the fire.

Who is “your person”? Who comes to mind when you read this?

My prayer this morning is for each person reading this to have to courage to step forward and gently and patiently engage that person so they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil.




One thought on “Why instruct those who oppose you?

  1. wowwweee!! Difficult one but a good one. This in particular I struggle with at work DAILY! Unfortunately I cannot narrow this to one person. However, very very relative to a conversation I had within the hour with a coworker. I need to pray on how to reach her rather than pushing her away!


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