And the servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient.
2 Timothy 2:24
Some times in life we come across situations that cause us lots of pain. Some emotional, some physical. Pain none the less. There are often moments where you want to simply just scream at the top of your lungs and can”t.
The worst is when you are being told that you are wrong, yet all the evidence points to you being right. It is at those moments where the apostle Paul wanted us all to stop and realize what the above verse means. I was reminded of this by a friend whose employer called her about someone else’s mistake, which she was blamed for. Later they realized they had made a mistake, and corrected themselves. By NOT auguring she was able to make a yet more powerful statement.
Check out what Henry Blackaby, (writer of Experiencing God) wrote:
There should be no quarrelsome Christians. The truth of God is within us; we need never be intimidated or frustrated by those who do not accept God’s truth.
At times people may disagree with you regarding God’s Word. Perhaps they question the way you say He is leading you, or they may challenge your faith in God. At times like these it is never helpful to argue. You will never debate anyone into the kingdom of God. You will never persuade someone that God has spoken to you by outraging them! Only God can convince others of the veracity of His word to you. If you will allow God to vindicate you in His time, and in His way, a time will come when the wisdom of your choice will be evident (Luke 7:35). If you find yourself often quarreling with others, you need to ask God to clearly reveal your motives and to forgive you for your disobedience to His clear command.
If your motivation for arguing comes from your desire to be right, or to be exonerated, or to gain the esteem of those listening to you, you are acting selfishly, and God will not honor you. God is not interested in how right you are. He is interested in how obedient you are. God’s command is not that you win arguments, but that you are kind and forgiving when others mistreat you. You bring God no honor by winning a dispute in His name, but you reflect a Christlike character when you demonstrate patience to those who mistreat you or misunderstand your motives. Arguing may never win people to your view, but loving them as Christ does will win you many friends over time!
Blackaby, Richard (2006-12-01). Experiencing God Day By Day (p. 336). B&H Publishing Group.
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