God’s Word for Today: Argue. Now here we have a word that is a cause for discussion. Where exactly is the line crossed between having a discussion and flat out arguing. Somewhere in the middle is a debate. But debates are supposed to be based on educated facts. Supposed to be. And arguments are probably based more on thoughts, feelings, and maybe just a hint of fact. Somebody has to pull out some fact to be able to win the argument.
I don’t know about you, but when I was growing up, it was a given, that one did not argue with your parents. You did what you were told to do. You might have walked away muttering under your breath a valid argument, but you did not speak those words out loud.
Then, when the Preteen to teenage years kicked in, it started to become a much stronger urge to voice one’s opinion. Somewhere and sometime, you finally reached the point where you thought your pants were big enough to argue with your parents. Probably Mom first. Moms have a tendency to be more loving, forgiving and most importantly tolerable.
Mom was usually smart enough to refer your argument to your Dad. If you had the nerve and the required gumption to present your case to your Dad, then you were going somewhere. But now, we are back to debating, not flat out arguing. You just didn’t argue with Dad if you valued your position in the house.
Somehow in the next generation or two, we have become more tolerable of arguing. Is it because we do not put as much value on respect? It surely isn’t because teenagers now are more educated than we were at that age. I mean, come on, no one was as smart and knew everything there was to know, as I was as a teenager. I knew it all. I was going to take the world by its tail and give it a spin. Who do you think won that argument?
Mark 9:34. But they kept quiet because on the way they had argued about who was the greatest.
Just think about this for a moment. Try not to argue with what I am about to say. You can do that via the “comments” section on our Blog, or comments under the Facebook post. For right now though, clear you mind and grasp this thought.
Today’s verse talks about the Disciples who were following Jesus. Just imagine, here you had God in your presence. God who didn’t have to, but because of His love for you and me, took on the pain and suffering of human flesh just to save our sorry ________ selves. Then, some of us have the nerve to argue about who is better among us? Jesus is right in the middle of your life, and you take the time to argue with your fellow man that you are better and more important? Is that maybe the definition of petty? Jesus had every right to be mad. Jesus, when He found out about his disciple’s argument should have thrown his arms up in the air and said, “The heck with all of you, I will just do it myself!!” Sound familiar??
But no, Jesus was above that. Jesus only wanted to bring God’s love for us and share it with the world. There wasn’t time to argue. There was no need for rank and hierarchy. There was simply the message of how very much God loves us.
Today, think about your arguments. Take a good look at what you might be arguing about. Is your time here on earth worth it? Is judging and telling others that you might be better than them because, by golly you go to church every Sunday, worth it? Is looking down on others and arguing that they are beneath you because they dress different, talk different, have chosen to express themselves differently, the cup of tea God wants you to drink? Are you no better than the Disciples arguing who is more important among them? When in fact, they had the chance to hang out with Jesus in the living flesh? Are valuable minutes of your life being wasted arguing that your way is better, or you know more, or you are more righteous, when you could be and should be spending your time loving others just as Jesus did? Simple thought: “When you argue, you are only repeating what you think you know. But, when you listen, you might actually learn something new.” Are you a Disciple who listens to what Jesus has to say, or are you a Disciple who wants to argue who might be best??...................
Prayer: My God and my Lord, I thank you for this wonderful and great mind you have blessed me with. Forgive me Lord for using it simply for the sake of argument. You sent your Son to me out of Love. A love I can’t even grasp the magnitude of. Today Lord, I believe I will turn the page. I am tired of arguing. I want to show your Love to others as you have shown me. I know God, that if I am arguing, I am not listening. I want to hear your Word Lord so I can share your Glory with others. In Jesus’, who was and is the ultimate gift of love that can’t be argued, name I pray. Amen.