2 Timothy, September SOAP Journal

Useless Arguments – 2 Timothy 2

 

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Scripture ~

Remind your people of these great facts, and command them in the name of the Lord not to argue over unimportant things.

Such arguments are confusing and useless and even harmful. 2 Timothy 2:14

Observation ~

Every time I push the button to open up the Internet on my phone, I am opening up an endless amount of opinions, comments, likes, and dislikes. After reading them all I have to process every  argument, article, and debate I’ve just read in a matter of minutes. All of a sudden I have new ideas and thoughts I have to work through and place my own opinions on, even if it’s just for myself. All the while, I’m distracted from the reality around me, and the God beside me.

Is it worth it?

I think Paul was right when he said, “such arguments are confusing and useless and even harmful.” He believes arguments are so useless and pointless he commands that we don’t get ourselves wrapped up in debates and arguments.

Application ~ 

Instead of getting sucked into useless arguments, I am going to

“make it my ambition to live a quiet life, minding my own business and doing my own work.” (1 Thessalonians 4:11)

This will open a pathway of peace I didn’t even know I was missing.

What could I be doing with my time instead? Working with my hands, moving my feet, and living in a way that would bring honor to God.

Prayer ~ 

Lord, direct my hands to open what needs to be opened and close what needs to be closed. May the choice to close the doors of chaos and arguments open a new door of peace and quietness in my life. Help me to steer clear of foolish discussions that lead people into the sin of anger with each other. ~ Amen

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