How often do you get into arguments? Once or twice a week? A day? Or is it more often than that?
This year we have been placed in situations that have demanded an upheaval of our lives and routines. World circumstances have weighed heavily on our daily attitude. When we face such severe trials, it can require all the energy we have left to make it through the day- and if someone presses on our last nerve, all bets might be off.
Paul requests in this chapter that we “do all things without murmurings or disputings…that we may be blameless and harmless.”
Arguing and disputing brings a spirit of contention into your home. It is like opening the front door for the enemy and welcoming him in. There are no winners in arguments. Everyone that participates loses. Feelings are hurt. Tempers flare. Relationships suffer. Sometime later, regrets kick in.
Looking back on my life, I can honestly say that I’ve never had an argument that made me feel good afterward. The disputes have always left me wishing they’d never happened that way in the first place.
Friends, we are called to shine our lights in this world- by reflecting the light of Christ. When we complain, argue, or pick fights with others, we don’t reflect His light. We don’t stand blameless and harmless before God. The enemy wins.
When the enemy tempts us to be contentious, may God give us the strength and willpower to choose another path- one of peace. Christ reminds us in His Sermon on the Mount: “Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.” (Matthew 5:9)
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