Matthew 28:19-20 “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” We need to be giving the gospel to others, and giving others the time of day. They are important enough to God to die for, so they should be important enough to us that we should give them our full attention.
Proverbs 25:11 “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.” Everybody loves to get things, but there are a few things that we should give others. The first thing we need to give others is an encouraging word. We may never know what a person is going through, and everyone needs encouragement. Another thing we should give people is to give them a second chance. People change if we would just let them. Peter, Jonah and many others changed in the Bible so why can’t others change today?
2 Samuel 21:20-22 “And there was yet a battle in Gath, where was a man of great stature, that had on every hand six fingers, and on every foot six toes, four and twenty in number; and he also was born to the giant. And when he defied Israel, Jonathan the son of Shimeah the brother of David slew him. These four were born to the giant in Gath, and fell by the hand of David, and by the hand of his servants.” When David picked up five stones when he was going up against Goliath, it was because he knew that Goliath had four brothers. Just like him, we have giants in our life that we will need to defeat as well. We will have to fight against pride, unbelief, failure, complacency and jealousy. We can learn to overcome them by studying what God and the Bible say about it.
Colossians 3:13 “Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.” We need to be forgiving one another and living peacefully with those around you.
2 Timothy 4:3 “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;” Verses 1 through 7 is what Paul is saying while he is on his deathbed. He knows that there are different times, changes, and societies in life, but he still warns us about times when doctrine will not be heeded. In 2 Timothy 4:3-4 he warns about churches becoming emotional and a show. In 2 Timothy 3:2 he warns about when people love themselves more than others and people who are covetous, proud, boastful, disobedient to parents, unthankful, and without natural affection. In 2 Timothy 3:10-15 he encourages us to continue serving the Lord. 2 Timothy 4:6-7 tells us that he finished his race and what he set out to do. Since he finished, we should be encouraged that we can too.