Words from the Heart for Wednesday July 21st, 2021
Again I say, don’t get involved in foolish, ignorant arguments that only start fights. A servant of the Lord must not quarrel but must be kind to everyone, be able to teach, and be patient with difficult people.
2 Timothy 2:23-24 (NLT)
One of the groups in Quebec that has traditionally argued against separation from Canada are the Cree. There was a feeling amongst the Cree of Northern Quebec, that should the province separate, they would remain part of Canada, and would force the province to return to its pre-1912 boundaries. The next step would be to re-establish the Ungava district of the Northwest Territories, or a new territory or province created in its place.
Social networking has given a platform for arguments to become very public. People feel they can vent and dispute with others online and some seem to look for opportunities to prove how good they are at getting their point across, no matter how hateful their comments are. I saw a bumper sticker the other day that I thought pointed to the futility of online arguments. It said “’I’m glad my post on Facebook has changed your opinion’ said no one ever.” Sadly, some of those who get involved in these kinds of arguments declare themselves as followers of Jesus. Listen to the advice that Paul gives Timothy in 2 Timothy 2:23-24: “Again I say, don’t get involved in foolish, ignorant arguments that only start fights. A servant of the Lord must not quarrel but must be kind to everyone, be able to teach, and be patient with difficult people.” The teaching here is very clear – if you are a follower of Jesus, you must not quarrel. The Bible is very firm – there is no wiggle room. We are to be kind to everyone, particularly with difficult people. That isn’t easy. It takes God’s grace to respond in a Christ-like way. He is willing to provide it to all who seek it.
These have been words from the heart.