In Paul’s first letter to Timothy, it is apparent that Paul is free, which leads many to believe that he was writing while on a fourth missionary journey, having been released from the Roman prison that we find him in during the latter part of the Book of Acts. In the first chapter of his second letter, it is clear that he is once again in prison. It seems obvious that this is a second imprisonment in Rome, and that he would be executed there. He speaks of those in Asia who had “turned away” from him, as well as one who had been kind and cared for him while in his chains.
In chapter 2, Paul tells Timothy to “share in suffering as a good soldier.” He then says that “no soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him.” He continues this thought later in the chapter in verses 23-25:
Have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies; you know that they breed quarrels. And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, correcting his opponents with gentleness.
While we should not fear speaking against evil, we will certainly have to endure it at times. Doing so “patiently” may not be so easy. Where do we draw the line at speaking out against evil, while not being too quarrelsome? Perhaps not an easy question to answer.
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