Preach the word, exhort, etc... (2 Timothy 4:2)

"Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching." - 2 Timothy 4:2

I attended a wedding today of one of my best buddies. It was a little long for my taste as it was about 2 hours long. In contrast my own lasted only about 20 minutes.

A few weeks ago when talking to him he we talked about how long the wedding would be. I mentioned I have a preference for short weddings. His answer was, "Maybe where you are from most people who attend the wedding will have already heard the name of Jesus. Not so here. We have to take this opportunity to preach the gospel as it will be the only time many people who attend will ever hear the truth." It's hard to argue with that response.

Today I watched a man and a woman walk down the isle and use their special day to preach the word. This man has challenged me in my own walk with the Lord so many times it's embarrassing. From the beginning I was expected to be discipling him, but all along he was asking me how he could pray for me and how he could love me. He challenged me, rebuked me, exhorted me, and loved me like a friend and a man of God is called to do here in 2 Timothy.

I want to preach the word. I need to learn what it is to reprove, rebuke, and exhort with patience. I want to be able to do so when its obvious and when it's not.

Lord this is my prayer.