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Are You Stirring and Striving?

Circular arguments are callous and contentious but mirroring godliness can bring about great spiritual gain in His power as we minister to others.

But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes. And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; (2 Timothy 2:23-25 KJV)

Men love to employ circular arguments serving to mix and mingle biblical information and opinions around and around aimlessly but never moving forward in Truth of God’s Word. These discussions are often heated, contentious, and pointed; provoking others but never leading to a greater spiritual understanding of His Word.   These debates are not spiritually profitable for God or man and the Bible tells us to avoid these pitfalls as we sojourn upon this earth.

However, God does encourage proper and fruitful discussion and graceful debate of His Word:

Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend. (Proverbs 27:17 KJV)

Circular arguments divide and stir bringing about contention; but godly discussion brings a sharpening or polishing of a man’s understanding of God’s Word.  God expects his own spiritual family to study and spiritually mature in His Word as they grow in His grace and godly knowledge.

Arguments about scriptural truths contained in the Bible often fall into one of two categories; one based upon man’s traditions or opinion taken as foundational truth of scripture; secondly there are passages not clearly discernible by mankind this side of Heaven.  The context is blurred because we are imperfect people looking at things from only an earthly standpoint having a different view than God who can see a perfect perspective from His vantage point on His throne in Heaven.

The Bible tells us all things will make perfect sense in the eternal realm with God:

For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. (1 Corinthians 13:12 KJV)

God does not call man to divide and conquer other men spiritually.  God calls mankind to gently give witness of the gospel message of His Word iced with a generous dose of charity to others He divinely places upon our pathway. He desires that mankind be ready to purposely give answer for our eternal hope bringing others to a place of spiritually hearing and understanding His Will and way.

But and if ye suffer for righteousness’ sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled; But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: (1 Peter 3:14-15 KJV)

Are you busy stirring the pot with contention and strife and vain questions or giving out the gospel of Christ in love as you live in subjection to God’s will?

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