“…that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.” 1 Timothy 2:2b (ESV)
I’m intrigued by what Paul means by a peaceful and quiet life.
I suppose to be “at peace” suggests not being in conflict but instead being reconciled to God and fellow man.
In the context of what Paul talks about earlier in his letter about those people who are arguing and debating needlessly it could be a pointed remark at their “vain discussions” that threaten to divide the church. (1 Timothy 1:6)
Full of their own self-importance they are hardly acting “godly and dignified”.
It’s quite a chastisement for us at this time when many in the church seem intent on pushing their own agenda rather than following “sound doctrine”. (1 Timothy 1:10)
If only “love” could be our overriding desire. If only. (1 Timothy 1:5)
prayer : help me to lead a godly life that promotes the gospel and glorifies God
action : seek ways to “love” in a real and practical way