* Why arguments are so harmful
Surrounded by hostile neighbors, the herdsmen of Abram and Lot should have pulled together. Instead, they let petty jealousy and arguments tear them apart. Similar situations exist today. Christians often have arguments while Satan is at work all around them.
Rivalries, arguments, aand disagreements among believers can be destrictive in three ways: (1) They damage goodwill, trust, and peace–the foundations fo good human relations; (2) they hamper progress toward important goals; (3) they make us self-centered rather than love-centered. Jesus understood how destrictive aruments among brothers could be. In his final prayer before being betrayed and arrested, Jesus asked God that his followers be “one.” (NLT)
Genesis 13:7-8 – 25
* – Why are complaining and arguments so harmful? If all that people know about a church is that its members constantly argue, complain, and gossip, they get a false impression of Christ and the Good News. Belief in Christ should unite those who trust him. If your church is always having arguments and complaining, it lacks the unifying power of Jesus Christ. Stop the arguments with other Christians or complaining about people and conditions within the church and let the world see Christ. (NLT)
Philippians 2:14-16 – In everything you do, stay away from complaining and arguing, so that no one can speak a word of blame against you. You are to live clean, innocent lives as children of God in a dark world full of crooked and perverse people. Let your lives shine brightly before them. Hold tightly to the word of life, so that when Christ returns, I will be proud that I did not lose the race and that my work was not useless.
* Use a quiet response to stop arguments
Have you ever tried to argue in a whisper? It is equally hard to argue with someone who insists on answering gently. On the other hand, a rising voice and harsh words almost always trigger an angry response. To turn away wrath and seek peace, choose gentle words. (NLT)
Proverbs 15:1 – A gentle answer turns away wrath, but harsh words stir up anger.
* Interfering in arguments
Yanking the ears of a dog is a good way to get bitten, and interfering in arguments is a good way to get hurt. Many times both arguers will turn on the person who interferes. It is best simply to keep out of arguments that are none of your business. If you must become involved, try to wait until the arguers have stopped fighting and cooled off a bit. Then maybe you can help them mend their differences and their relationship. (NLT)
Proverbs 26:17 – Yanking a dog’s ears is as foolish as interfering in someone else’s argument.
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