Avoiding Arguments and unnecessary Conversation
2 Timothy 2:23-25
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.
As tempting as it may seem, never get yourself involved in arguments, especially on issues regarding scripture. The truth is that arguments never really end or resolve the actual issue. An argument only points out some obvious differences, like the fact that two or more parties do not reason alike, or that there is a knowledge gap between several people.
Arguments usually stem from a place of pride, most times, it’s not out of genuine love or a desire to actually help the other party learn, but the focus is more on trying to prove a point or trying to display knowledge, and in the end, the purpose gets defeated.
Verse 24, highlights the attitude we should make up our minds to carry. We should be kind, and ensure that we actually understand what we are trying to explain. If you do not understand it well enough to explain it, it’s best you keep silent about it, and not act in pride and try to inaccurately air your views.
Ultimately be patient when explaining scripture, and once it’s starts brewing into an argument deliberately pull out. Be patient and gentle with explaining scriptural truths, most people already have a lay down opinion about the topic you are trying to explain and would naturally resist, so be gentle, remember you are not trying to prove a point, but help your brother or sister to better understanding, if in the end, a disagreement is the order of the day, then pray that the other party and yourself have better understanding. We see the apostle Paul praying such prayers.
And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is.
May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.
He prayed that for believers…and you should too rather than result to arguments, God bless you.
Lord, teach me to understand your word better, and be patient in teaching and explaining it.
Author – Gem