You may have experienced this either by personally resisting truth or by having one resist you as you shared truth. There is another level to resistance. The enemy of the Lord resists truth in any form. He is a liar and the father of lies. So where there is falsehood, he is there.
2 Timothy 2:24 – 25 (here @ Bible Gateway) gives us instruction on how to confront falsehood. A bit of context, in 1 Timothy (here @ Bible Gateway), 2 Timothy (here @ Bible Gateway), and Titus (here @ Bible Gateway), Paul calls his proteges into continual conflict with false teachers. It is one of their main purposes as leaders.
What we find in 2 Timothy 2:24 – 25 (here @ Bible Gateway), is Paul’s prescription for confronting falsehood:
- Be kind
- Be able to teach truth
- Be patient when wronged, read resisted, ignored, or worse
- Be gentle in correction of those who oppose you
It is not about how well we cast our argument. Rather, it is if God engages with that person.
Our only assignment is that outlined above. We speak truth in kindness, with patience and gentleness. The Lord is responsible for the impact of what we say.
Remember, the resistance to truth is unceasing. Therefore, our assignment to meet is as Paul outlines is as well.