Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels. And the Lord’s servant must not quarrel; instead, he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. Those who oppose him he must gently instruct, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth. 2 Timothy 2:23-25
Meditation: How often do we get caught up in an argument we know we should not be in? Whether it is with our wife, children, co-worker or a friend; one thing leads to another and we are arguing about something we really didn’t want to argue about. Our passage today tells us to not get caught up in those arguments – the arguments that are not going to lead anywhere. Does that mean we don’t confront error or things that are wrong? NO! We do have to take a stand for righteousness and the Word of God. We are told that the Lord’s servant (could be those in ministry; but in reality, it means all of us who serve the Lord) must not quarrel. It doesn’t say; should not, it says must not! If someone wants to argue a point, we don’t have to argue. If they want to challenge the Word of God, we don’t have to drop down to their level and fight over the meaning of words. In kindness and gentleness we are to point out the truth. Many of us will argue a point to the death, when the point we are arguing really doesn’t matter and is only causing division. We need to remain focused on the important things: Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and loving people as He wants us to love them.
Challenge: Do you tend to get into arguments? Do you ever find yourself in an argument and wonder how you got there? Or do you have an attitude of kindness and love for those you come in contact with? Keep yourself from arguments that will not lead anywhere. Pray for those who would argue with you . Teach them gently and if they do not respond, give them to Lord in prayer.
Thought for the Day: Lord, help me to avoid arguments and to instruct and encourage others in love.
Used by permission – Fortified Marriages.