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DON’T WASTE YOUR TIME IN ARGUMENTS

I have indicated on several occasions the challenge of doing these daily devotions, so I ask God to guide me by His Spirit that I might write something that has meaning in our walk with God.  There are times when the Spirit fills me and I write with such passion.  I’ve tried to use these devotions also for practical living, because I believe we can become so high in our theology and doctrine that we fail to apply it to everyday life.  The title of this devotion “Don’t Waste Your Time in Arguments” has gripped me, for I firmly believe we spend too much time arguing.  I have said to the congregation on many occasions to stay away from negative people, because they can pollute your spirit. That is also how I feel about arguing with people, for they can also pollute your spirit.  It is a waste of energy.  Use your energy for good, give God glory, and edify another brother or sister in Christ.  Read this portion of scripture in Titus 3:9, which speaks to us clearly that it is a waste of time to engage in arguments.  Here the writer wrote these words:

 “Do not get involved in foolish discussions about spiritual pedigrees or in quarrels and fights about obedience to Jewish laws. These things are useless and a waste of time.”

This letter in Titus admonishes us to avoid quarrels and arguments.  The writer indicates clearly that arguments and quarrels are not profitable or fruitful, because they accomplish nothing constructive. They tear down rather than build up.  That is even true in the church, for nothing can destroy a church more than arguing over some doctrine or law.  Nothing good can come out of it.  It’s foolish to argue with someone because he or she disagrees with your way of thinking.  God has given each of us minds to think and all of us have different points of view.  Instead of arguing, find something you agree upon and lift it up.   God will get the glory and the other person and you will be edified.

Titus 3:9 (NLT)