“The Lord’s bond-servant must not be quarrelsome, but be kind to all, able to teach, patient when wronged, with gentleness correcting those who are in opposition, if perhaps God may grant them repentance leading to the knowledge of the truth, and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, having been held captive by him to do his will” (2 Timothy 2:24-26).
Did you catch that?
As a believer, we are called to be “kind, able to teach, patient and gentle with those who are still “slaves to sin.”
In other words, those who have been freed from sin are to gently teach others they too can be freed but only God can grant them true repentance or change their minds. You see, we all start out as a slave to sin (the devil) but Jesus came here to set us free! “So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed” (John 8:36). It is so much more than forgiveness!
Doing the devil’s will is sin. When we come to God through Christ, we’re not only receiving forgiveness for things we have done (sins), we’re receiving freedom from slavery to Mr. Sin by being crucified, buried and raised with Christ (Romans 6:6-7). We’re coming to our senses and admitting we have been in collusion with the enemy of God. So we not only need forgiveness we need deliverance and that also has been provided for us through our being joined in the death, burial and resurrection of Christ (2 Corinthians 5:14-15).
“For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins” (Colossians 1:13-14).