Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. Hebrews 4:16
Approaching a person with a lot of power or a very high position is usually very intimidating for most people. People are afraid of making a mistake in what they say or do. They also fear the person that they are approaching. This can be especially true when the person has the power to lift the person up or remove the person out.
Another time people are often afraid of those in authority is when the person did something wrong. Children are often afraid of being around a parent when he has done something wrong, for fear of being found out. Adults avoid the boss or the police when they have done something wrong.
Along with fearing approaching people in authority, many people fear approaching God. They often see God as a harsh God who is out to destroy them because of some sin that they did. Many feel as though they do not have the right to approach God, that they are not worthy to stand before Him.
While it is true that no person, in and of himself, is worthy to stand before God, what Jesus has done makes the person worthy. He removes all sin, making the believer righteous before God.
God wants every believer to come before Him for every need, even when they are in trouble and did something wrong. God is full of mercy and grace. He knows that every believer will mess up and sin. That is why Jesus came to die on the cross. He did it out of love for people.
When the believer approaches God for a need, He is ready to answer and help him out. He is ready to forgive and guide a person in the right path.
Every time that you have a need, do not be afraid to go before God and present that need. God loves it when you approach Him with a need, just as a parent loves his child coming to him with a need.
You can approach God with confidence, knowing that He loves you and will do what is best for you. He will not destroy you.
I pray today that you will know God’s love for you; that you will know God’s mercy for you; that you will know God’s grace for you; that you will not fear approaching God; and that you will approach God with confidence.
Opponents must be gently instructed, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will. 2 Timothy 2:25-26
The majority of the world is against Christians. They do not believe in God and do not want anything to do with Jesus. There are some who are violently against believers and will get physical in their opposition. The rest just oppose believers in words. Either way they act, they are opponents to those who follow Jesus.
All of these people have been taken captive by the traps of the devil. They are living as the devil desires, doing his will to oppose Jesus.
Many believers are willing to take a stand against those who oppose Christ. The problem is that there have been many who have done so in a way that is not the way Jesus would respond to opponents. They have harshly condemned the opponents, struck them, physically destroyed their property and more.
Jesus rarely used violence. The only time He used a little violence was in the temple against those who were religious, and then it was not against them physically, but against their stuff. Jesus had spoken with kind words almost every time. He worked to draw people to Him, not push them away.
Paul told Timothy to speak gently with his opponents. He is to show love and care to them. Jesus had stated that believers are to love their enemies.
Speaking gently is to speak kind words as one points out where a person may be wrong. It is pointing a person to Jesus and His words. It is showing love, compassion, mercy and grace to a person. The goal is to get them to become a follower of Jesus, not beat them down.
You will have people who will be an opponent to you. Some may be just verbally violent, while others may be physically violent. Jesus had both types against Him. How you speak and react to them will show how much of a follower of Jesus you are.
Give them a chance to change and choose to follow Jesus. Do not just condemn them and give up on them. Jesus did not speak harshly with you and did not give up on you.
I pray today that you will know the gentleness of Jesus; that you will show God’s love to all people; that God will give you the words to speak to your opponents; and that many will come to Jesus through your message.