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TFTD: Avoid the foolishness
2 Timothy 2:23-25 NKJV
“But avoid foolish and ignorant disputes, knowing that they generate strife. And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth,”
It’s 2012 and as young people and adults we need to avoid the foolishness at all cost. The word of God instructs us to avoid foolish and ignorant disputes. Soley because God said it is reason enough that we should take heed. But in case you are wondering why you should avoid these disputes, it is because they generate strife. Arguing over foolish things with foolish people is draining and stressful. You are fighting a losing battle. There is no “reasoning” with someone who chooses to engage in foolish and ignorant disputes.
Foolish means that you are not sensible. You lack good sense or judgment and appear ridiculous. Ignorant means that you lack knowledge or education in general or in a specific subject or that you are unaware of something.
Let me help someone today: Why on earth do we (and I’m preaching to the choir) engage in disputes with people who lack good sense or judgment on topics that they also lack knowledge and understanding on? It’s like why would a doctor who studied for years and is actively practicing medicine argue with a person who barely passed high school on the subject of congestive heart failure. Yes, technology is great and the internet is wonderful and people can Google information until the cows come home but a person who lacks the knowledge in that area is not worth the oxygen it takes to argue with them.
The reality is you will encounter people in your life who are foolish and ignorant and will start foolish and ignorant disputes with you. You may want to set the record straight and correct them, but it’s a losing battle. You will walk away tired and frustrated that you were trying to prove your point which you know is right. GOD SAYS DON’T DO THAT!!! SO STOP IT TODAY!
It’s time to avoid the foolishness. As a servant of the Lord we must not quarrel but be gentle to all, yes you must be loving and kind to all people. We have to learn to be able to teach those who lack knowledge in those areas. Instead of arguing find a moment when you can inform them. Seek God on ways to present the facts instead of stirring up a fight. We have to learn to be patient with people because they will try you, but you have to work with them. Don’t write them off. Seek God daily on how to be patient. When you think about giving up on them ask yourself has God given up on you. Don’t lose yourself dealing with foolish people rather learn how to educate and move on. Seek God on how to be humble when you offer correction to those who are in opposition. Don’t be boastful and don’t act like a “know-it-all”. Ask God if He will perhaps grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth. It’s a sad thing to see people walking around foolishly and living in ignorance. Avoid the foolishness by not engaging in it and seek God on how to engage in a meaningful productive conversation.
At the end of the day we want live a life that is pleasing to God and we can do that by AVOIDING THE FOOLISHNESS!!!
Have a blessed day!
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