Posted: Saturday, February 28
Verse of the day:
They came to Capernaum. When he was in the house, he (Jesus) asked them, “What were you arguing about on the road?” (Mark 9:33)
Jesus’ disciples were arguing. They weren’t discussing, debating or conversing. They were arguing. Jesus asked his disciples, “What were you arguing about?” In the next verse you see the disciples’ response-nothing. It says “they kept quiet because on the way they had argued about who was the greatest”. They most likely were embarrassed and/or ashamed and didn’t want Jesus to know they were arguing or what they were arguing about. Guess what? Jesus already knew and he immediately began to answer their question-“Who’s the greatest?” He said if you want to be first, be last and be a servant, which in their arguing, they were not doing.
Guess what? Jesus knows what we argue about with others too. And often the thing we need to do when we find ourselves arguing is to humble ourselves. Arguments may be with other Christians, family members, neighbors, friends, etc. Romans 12:18 says “If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.” Hebrews 12:14 says “Make every effort to live in peace with everyone....” It might not always be possible, but we should still try. Paul writes, “As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” Stop arguing!