8th August 2019

READ: 2 Timothy 3:10-14

“But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them;“ – 2 Timothy 3:14

In order to remain faithful or loyal to a person over a long period of time, you will need to make a good analysis of the individual concerned.

Paul said that Timothy should continue in the things that he had learnt. Most importantly, Timothy should remember the type of person from whom he had learnt what he knew. When people begin to come up with all forms of seditious stories and slanderous reports, think carefully about what they are saying. Analyze the individual who is being criticized and whether it makes sense.

One time, someone said that I was preaching for money; trying to get rich quickly. This person obviously was not a deep thinker. If this individual were to analyze what he was saying he would realize that I must have been out of my mind to leave the practice of medicine in order to make money by collecting people’s pennies. There are much easier ways of making money as a medical doctor. How absurd!

All I am saying is: analyze the individual who is being criticized and it will help you to decide whether to be loyal or not. Paul was appealing to Timothy to acknowledge how intimately he had known him. When I meet people I have heard unfavourable rumours about, I find them to be quite different from how they have been portrayed.

Get to know the individual concerned personally. It is only then that you will know the true picture.

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