Why We Should Not Argue: 3 Reasons From The Bible.
Are you wondering why we should not argue? Let’s take a look at 3 reasons from the Bible, followed by a compelling real life illustration. I pray this is a blessing and reminder to us all!
We should not argue – Bible Reasons:
*Please keep on reading for a real life illustration, after the Bible Verses below.
#1 Arguing does not help – it harms.
“Keep reminding God’s people of these things. Warn them before God against quarreling about words; it is of no value, and only ruins those who listen.” ~ 2 Timothy 2:14, NIV
#2 Arguing does not illuminate – It provokes.
“Interfering in someone else’s argument is as foolish as yanking a dog’s ears.” ~ Proverbs 26:17, NLT
#3 Do not argue, so no one can criticize you. Instead of arguing, shine like a bright light, and “hold firmly to the word of life.”
“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. Hold firmly to the word of life;” ~ Philippians 2:14-16, NLT
Why we shouldn’t argue ~ My experience:
I woke up early that morning thinking about some conversations I had been involved in the previous couple of days – very passionate discussions on Christianity, religion, life, the Bible, interpretation of scripture, and application of scriptures to our daily life.
As I mulled over what I considered blatant hypocrisy from some fellow Christians, I thought of some expanded “arguments” I would present when next I talked to them. I was ready with the accompanying words I would expand on – How can you attack or look down on others for “sinning” based on a literal reading of some scriptures, when you are also blatantly “sinning” concerning a literal reading of some other scriptures?
What makes your own justification any better than theirs? Because yours is more common and has become accepted? Because yours just “makes sense” to you, but theirs doesn’t make sense to you? Because you know God’s got your back? Well what about them, those whom you continually attack and look down on? What makes their situation so different from yours? Why are they sinners, yet you are not a sinner? Why do you think God’s got your back, but not theirs?
And then the words came to me – very clearly yet very gently – “You are not the Holy Spirit.”
It was a simple yet powerful message, and I heard it loud and clear.
It’s not my job to change a person’s heart – That’s the job of the Holy Spirit!!!
This, my friends, is why we should stay away from arguments about theology, doctrines, or anything else for that matter. If people ask us questions or ask us our thoughts concerning something, then yes, we should answer, speak, instruct… gently and truthfully; as the Holy Spirit guides us. If and when God opens doors for us to go “on a mission” to inspire positive change, God will give us peace about it, and He will send helpers to help the cause. But when we find ourselves getting involved in arguments in our daily conversations, we might want to pause and consider: Are we trying to do the job of the Holy Spirit?
“Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels. And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. Opponents must be gently instructed, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth…” ~ 2 Timothy 2:23-25, NIV (Amen)
“You are not the Holy Spirit.”
As soon as I heard those words early that morning, I reflected on the following questions:
What is my job as a Christian? What Does God want from me? What does God expect from me?
Which leads us to Part 2 => A Christian’s Job Description.
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