Sometimes Christians are forced to chose between being accepted by others and being a good servant of Christ Jesus. We will cease to be a friend to many who love error, if we insist on truth, or we will cease to be Christ’s good servants, if we cave in to demands.
By pointing out such things to the brothers and sisters, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, having nourished yourself on the words of the faith and of the good teaching that you have followed.
1 Timothy 4.6 NET
“Such things” refer to false doctrine (verses 1-5). No good relationship with Christ can be had if lies are at its base. The liberating truth nourishes the soul and ushers the seeker into the presence of God.
To point something out makes it the focus of attention. False doctrine must not be ignored. One cannot be a good servant of Christ while pretending that the truth is not being assaulted. Pointing out false doctrine implies removing it from our midst.
At the same time, nourishment comes from faithful words and good teaching. They must be preserved so that our life with God and our approval from Christ may be secured.
God who owns and shares the truth, I praise you for revealing yourself to mankind and opening your life to us. May we sweep away falsehood in order to please you and know you fully.
Hold this thought:
Our food is not the false man’s rule;
To please the Lord the truth’s our tool.
Point out the lies that bind and kill,
For only words of faith can fill.