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..." 2 Timothy 2:24-25 As with any job, proper tools are required. And when it comes to rightly dividing the word of truth, the tools needed are first and foremost the elements of godly character. Although things like contextual criticism and sound hermeneutical principles are vital, Paul's words to Timothy are all about the character of the real man of God. Now, I'm not trying to divorce these essential sets of tools. Instead, I want to state that without good character even sound textual principles won't matter much. As is often said, "how you say something can be as important as what you say." This is very much akin to the biblical idea that we could speak in the tongues of angels, but if we had not love, we would be but a clanging cymbal. So what are these character tools? Let's look at two today and tomorrow well finish up with the final three. Paul's first tool is that God's servant must not be "quarrelsome." The quarrelsome person looks to get into arguments. It's hard to rightly divide God's word when you're consumed continuously with picking fights. It should also be noted that biblical character lived out reveals proper handling of God's word, to begin with. This leads to number two: being kind to all. How does kindness help? The Bible tells us that it was the kind intention of God's will to save us. The scripture goes on to tell us that God's kindness, the staying of His hand, is what leads us to repentance. If this then is the character of God how are we to rightly divide the word of truth if we cannot imitate our heavenly father? Tomorrow we will talk about: teaching ability, patience when wronged, and gentleness while correcting those who are in opposition.