And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient,
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Augustine of Hippo
Since there are so many deceptions and errors of wicked and perverse men clamoring against wisdom, how great is the need of a clean and single eye in order to find the path to wisdom! To escape all of these is the same as to reach the utmost security of peace and the unchangeable abode of wisdom. The noise of wranglers is of little account unless a man becomes a hindrance even to himself. But this can be seen only by a few, and there is great danger that no one may see it in the midst of contention and strife…. Therefore, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God.” .
But it happens by the practice of presumption and of insolence that each one defends more his own depraved and false views than he consents to the rights and truths of another. Foreseeing this matter, the blessed apostle Paul writes to Timothy and warns that the bishop ought not to be quarrelsome or contentious but gentle and teachable. One who is meek and mild in the patience of learning is teachable. For bishops ought not only to teach but also to learn because he who grows daily and profits by learning better things teaches better.
And the servant of the Lord must not strive.
Not even in questions ought he to strive, for the servant of the Lord must keep far from strife, since God is the God of peace, and what should the servant of the God of peace have to do with strife?
But be gentle unto all men.
How is it then he says, Rebuke with all authority Titus 2:15; and again, Let no man despise your youth 1 Timothy 4:12: and again, Rebuke them sharply? Titus 1:13 Because this is consistent with meekness. For a strong rebuke, if it be given with gentleness, is most likely to wound deeply: for it is possible, indeed it is, to touch more effectually by gentleness, than one overawes by boldness.
Apt to teach; that is, those who are willing to be taught. For a man that is an heretic, he says, after the first and second admonition reject. Titus 3:10 Patient. He has well added this, for it is a quality which a teacher above all things ought to possess. All things are vain without it. And if fishermen do not despair, ...
For unjust judgments are to be guarded against by all, especially however by the servants of God. "And the servant of the Lord must not strive".
For the universal Church which has been redeemed by the blood of Christ, and aid all who serve the Lord, and give help to all who live piously by apostolic authority. All who will live