Remind them of these things, and charge them before God not to quarrel about words, which does no good, but only ruins the hearers. Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth, 2 Timothy 2:14-15, ESV.
It was quite scary. An ordinary evening at the ball park, with a pretty sunset, quickly changed into sirens, flashing lights and an ambulance ride. It was the fifth inning. Both teams were playing hard, and there had been some tension as tough calls were made on some challenging plays. Our catcher had been strong behind the plate. Nothing was getting past him, and his throws were right on target. He hustled all night, gave a good effort, and even caught a few fouls behind the plate.
I didn’t know the batter from the opposing team. He stepped into the box, set up and swung—hard. Strike One. He stepped in and set up again. Swing, and another miss. The exertion, and the anger, began to flush his face. The third pitch, he swung, clipped the ball and popped it up. The catcher reacted, flipped his mask off for a better view of the ball, and in a split second, he was crumpled in a pile on the ground, holding his face with both hands and groaning in agony. The batter had swung the bat all the way around after he foul-tipped it, and had hit the catcher just under the eye. The bat, a tool used to drive the ball over the fence, had become an instrument of danger in a moment of anger. The batter had intended to hit the ball far into the outfield to help his team and score some runs, but his anger had pushed him to swing harder than he should have, and he hurt another player.
And so it happens in our lives. We study the Word of God, prepare to use it as a tool to further the kingdom of God, and in a moment of anger, we use it to crush another’s spirit. We react in anger or frustration, and we spew verses at others and argue, instead of living by the words we’ve learned. We injure others in the game of life.
I believe God warns us in Timothy’s letter to make sure He approves of the game plan, then we will play life’s game without shame, and we will use His Word as a tool, instead of a dangerous instrument that breaks hearts and “ruins the hearers.”
The catcher recovered, but there was a bruise and a scar under his eye for a long time. May we be very careful to use the Word of God to build, not bruise.
Thought-provoker: How well are you handling God’s Word?
Lord, help us to build others up for Your glory and to not leave bruises on their hearts! Amen.
I hope you have a good, Godly day!!