Friday August 17, 2018
2 Timothy 2:23-25
23 Again I say, don’t get involved in foolish, ignorant arguments that only start fights. 24 A servant of the Lord must not quarrel but must be kind to everyone, be able to teach, and be patient with difficult people. 25 Gently instruct those who oppose the truth. Perhaps God will change those people’s hearts, and they will learn the truth.
There is a real emphasis on steering clear of silly arguments. Paul mentions it multiple times in his writings to Timothy. This must mean its important. It is so cool how much of the bible is still relevant today. It feels like the older we get, the more we see people fight. It stinks, but it’s a part of life.
In friendships, relationships, work, you name it there have been some silly arguments that have taken place. These arguments tend to be somewhat selfish. One person believing they are smarter or more sound in their argument than the other. The thing is God doesn’t care who’s right or wrong. All he cares about is they get along. A little rhyme for you there, I got you.
Joking aside arguments only hurt relationships. Our life is all about relationships. Relationships with friends, family, and co-workers are a center-piece to our journey. Without them, life is kind of boring. I know I have been in a handful of arguments, but I do my best to steer clear because I know the affect it can have.
I think you understand, “don’t argue”, but what can you do when you find yourself in an argument. Allow Jesus to intervene. There is an old saying, “God gave us two ears and one mouth.” Meaning, we should listen twice as much as we speak. When you find yourself in an argument. Listen. Take a deep breathe and try to speak less. Allow Jesus to show you it’s probably not worth it. Let the Spirit come over you and give you calmness and peace.
Is there someone you frequently argue with?
Do you need to make amends with them?
Dear Lord, help us to listen more than we speak. In listening to others, help us realize most arguments aren’t worth the strain. You are so good. Amen.
Have a great day!