Then God has given us our mode of operation.
- The slave of the Lord must not be argumentative. He or she must be kind to everyone, inclined and gifted to teach, patient, correcting those opposed to your teaching with gentleness. God might give them repentance so they can come to know the Truth. In this way they may escape from devilish traps, which are holding them captive to do the enemy’s will.
Here is the key to teaching. We are to be kind, loving, and gentle—trusting the Holy Spirit to deal with the hearers. We are not responsible for the reactions of those we teach. God has that covered. We are responsible to act like a believer, manifesting the fruit of the Spirit.
Interestingly, the word Paul uses here for the Lord’s servant is doulos. We’ve talked about this word before, but a review will not hurt. Here’s the definition from the lexicons as it applies to us in these verses:
doulos: a slave; one who gives himself up to another’s will; those whose service is used by Christ in extending and advancing his cause among men; one who is devoted to another to the disregard of one’s own interests
If we are the Lord’s minister, we do it His way. Our job is to allow the fruit of the Holy Spirit to be apparent in our lives. Then, as He gives us opportunity, share what we have learned as clearly as possible.