Arguments — morsels that rot in the mouth

Posted: November 7, 2013 in Discipline
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“Even fools appear wise when they keep silent; with their mouths shut, they seem intelligent.”  (Proverbs 17: 27)

“Don’t waste what is holy on people who are unholy.  Don’t throw your pearls to pigs!  They will trample the pearls, then turn and attack you.”  (Matthew 7:6)

Do everything without complaining and arguing, so that no one can criticize you.  Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people.”  (Philippians 2: 14-15)

“Run from anything that stimulates youthful lusts.  Instead, pursue righteous living, faithfulness, love, and peace.  Enjoy the companionship of those who call on the Lord with pure hearts.  Again I say, don’t get involved in foolish, ignorant arguments that only start fights.  A servant of the Lord must not quarrel but must be kind to everyone, be able to teach, and be patient with difficult people.  Gently instruct those who oppose the truth.  Perhaps God will change those people’s hearts, and they will learn the truth.  Then they will come to their senses and escape from the devil’s trap.  For they have been held captive by him to do whatever he wants.” (2 Timothy 2: 22-26)

The Holy Scriptures shine spotlight after spotlight on the war strategies of our enemy Satan.

How tempting is the lure of a good argument, especially one that involves our beliefs.  In the passion of the moment, our pride does the speaking for us, countering any contrary words that might come our way.  Our minds and hearts race over what it might take to gain advantage in the battle of “I’m right! I’m right! I’m right!” The argument often turns into a quarrel, which turns into a bitter feud, which sucks others in to the side-taking business, dividing otherwise sound relationships and hurling people into a spiral of destruction.  Many a war has been birthed by an argument, especially wars in our personal lives.

As Christians, we must remember that the agents of hell know the truth.  Jesus spoke the truth when he said “A kingdom divided by civil war will collapse.  Similarly, a family splintered by feuding will fall apart.  And if Satan is divided and fights against himself, how can he stand?  He would never survive.” (Mark 3:24-26)

And neither can we.

God’s command for us to stay away from foolish, dividing arguments, both with the world and in our Christian community, is a command that protects us if we obey it.  If we disobey it, we voluntarily walk into the trap set for us by our enemy; the jaws of the hungry, roaring lion that will devour us.  (1 Peter 5:8)

  1. Allen Barber says:

    Your blog is truly amazing and it is obvious the hand of the Lord is upon it. I predict a year from now you will look back and be in awe of how God has used you. So very glad I encouraged you to have this blog. Many blessings are forth coming for you and for those who read your blog. I have already been blessed by what you are sharing. Allen

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