Arguing For the Right Reasons

Then He asked them, “What is this dispute that you’re having with each other as you are walking?” And they stopped walking and looked discouraged. Luke 24:17 HCSB

I recently talked with a minister in another church who shared with me the difficulties his church was experiencing. Many people within the church were arguing and saying hateful things to and about other members of the church family, thus causing trouble and dissension within the fellowship of believers.

Luke 23:15 tells us that the two disciples of Jesus were discussing and arguing. This verse tells us that Jesus asked them about the dispute they were having. Obviously, the two had differing opinions about an issue. We are not sure exactly what led to their dispute. The two were confused about what had happened when Jesus was crucified. They were looking for an earthly deliverer who would save them from the Roman empire. They had just heard that Jesus was alive but they were doubtful that He could be alive. One may have believed He was alive while the other did not. We are not sure what the topic of discussion was, but we can be assured that God was and is in control today. Nothing happens without His permission.

Challenge: There is nothing wrong with having differing opinions and some healthy discussion about the issues facing us today, but Christians should always strive to live in peace with others. Pray that God would help you to argue for the right reasons and to be a peacemaker rather than a troublemaker.

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