2 Timothy Chapter 2 Held Captive
God’s servant must not be argumentative, but a gentle listener and a teacher who keeps cool, working firmly but patiently with those who refuse to obey. You never know how or when God might sober them up with a change of heart and a turning to the truth, enabling them to escape the Devil’s trap, where they are caught and held captive, forced to run his errands. 2 Timothy Chapter 2, Verses 25-26 (MSG)
We must remember at all times, we are in a ferocious battle, but it is not in the flesh (not the person with whom we have conflict) but with Satan and his demonic hoards. This is the message of 2 Timothy Chapter 2 Verses 25-26. We see the person in front of us as the enemy, but many times this is not the case.
Take, for example, the case of a son at odds with his parents created and sustained by a slight (whether real or imagined) on Christmas Day. The son did not call his parents directly, but instead asked the daughter to call. From this ensued a round of insults and accusations with the family drama being played out on a social media site.
These parents are, as depicted in 2 Timothy Chapter 2, unsaved and therefore, they are “held captive” by Satan and “forced to run his errands,” which include, in this case, an attack on the son’s faith. The mother, a self-proclaimed atheist, took aim at the son’s motives, asking “what would God think of a son who did not call his mother on Christmas?”
The verbal assaults continued over several weeks, and have never truly died down completely, now a year later. The son’s family, son included, knows God wants his parents to be saved and, to that end, the son and his family have been working for many years, trying to show the love of Jesus, but being rebuked at every turn (2 Timothy Chapter 2 – they are captive slaves to unrighteousness).
This Christmas, God moved on the heart of the granddaughter, who has been the recipient of undeserved attacks from her grandparents because of the falling out with the father/son, to show the love of Jesus and to reach out to her grandparents. She knows doing God’s work, regardless of how she feels about any slight suffered, is of the utmost importance. Because she is conscious of the Lord, she reached out by sending a card.
Her gesture did indeed result in her grandmother reaching out (again over social media) with a message of thanks and love. God received the praise for this progress. In response, however, the son began a fresh attack through the grandmother’s post to the granddaughter. As 2 Timothy Chapter 2 says, they are both held captive by Satan and forced to do his bidding. Even though the son is a believer, Satan knows that the hearts of the parents have begun to soften, and he intervenes to turn any good thing, any inclination towards God, into a platform for sin through our words, stemming from our heart ache.
The son’s heart has been injured many times over by his parents and he struggles with the feelings invoked at their memories. God is trying to make the son show that he is different, so that his parents can see that the love of Jesus makes a difference. The closer the parents get to the end of their lives, the harder that Satan has to work to keep them in his clutches and to ensure that God will not win the souls of these parents. It is hard to look past the person and see the demonic spirit, keeping them held tightly on the path of anger and hurt, to see souls that God wants to save, who, in actuality, are just as deserving of pardon as the son. They are held captive and only Jesus can set them free (2 Timothy Chapter 2).
God, I pray You will open our eyes to see the enemy working all around us, in the people we know and love, and also in those we call our enemies. So that we can show Your love and patience that they might be set free.
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